Chipsealing and sweeping on selected Town roads has been completed. Residents please be mindful that some loose stone may still exist on the roads.
Eversource along with Asplundh Tree contractors will be working in various parts of town for the next several months on several utility enhancement projects including tree trimming and some tree removal. The areas of town with the most activity include sections of; Exeter Rd, Trumbull Hwy, Goshen Hill Rd, Bender Rd, Gates Rd, Jordan Ln, Old Route 89 and Rafferty Rd. Residents please be careful when passing through Work Zones and if residents plan on picking any wood left behind please be mindful of your safety while doing so.
Visit the Farmers Market on Saturday, September 30th in front of Town Hall from 9 am to noon.
A brief statement regarding the present budget for the Town of Lebanon. As you know, the Town did not adopt a new budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year at the annual town meeting in May. At that time, the State did not have an approved budget and there was clearly not any agreement within the State that one would be forthcoming. The Town followed along with many other municipalities in the State. And as of writing of this column, a State budget still has not been approved.
How does this impact our Town? Without a budget adopted, our Town uses the 2016-2017 budget as our guidance. Residents paid their tax bills in July and they will pay them again in January, 2018. Once the Town approves a budget residents will receive an updated tax bill for the January 2018 payment. On Friday, August 18, 2017 the Governor announced additional modifications in his budget proposal. Lebanon is one of the Towns proposed to have a reduction of 70% of our funding from the previous budget year of 2016-2017. This is catastrophic. While it is certainly our hope that this reduction to Lebanon and other Towns, will cause the legislative body in Hartford to meet and resolve the budgets so Towns can move forward. Towns of our size cannot sustain itself with such an extraordinary reduction in one year.
The Board of Finance will continue the budget conversations at a special meeting expected to occur on September 14, 2017 followed by a regular meeting on September 19, 2017. Information also indicates that the legislative body in Hartford is expected to meet between now and then as well. Fingers crossed. The Board of Finance would like to have a budget in time for the January tax bills to reflect the change in the mil rate.