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Town Council Sets Mill Rate

The council also honored Assessor Walter Lawrence, who retired after 38 years of working in Tolland.

The town council officially approved the 2012-2013 budget at Tuesday night's meeting, setting the new mill rate of 29.99 mills.

Voters approved the . The budget includes a .87 percent tax increase for residents.

Council members highlighted the teamwork between political parties as a crucial part of the budget's development.

"I'd like to thank the majority of the council for working with the minority council," said Vice-Chairperson Rick Field (D). There are four Republican party members and three Democrats on the council.

Fellow council member Jan Rubino thanked residents for supporting the budget.

"I'm proud that we got to this point, and that the townspeople came out and supported it," she said.

The council also honored Town Assessor Walter Lawrence, who is . His son, Jason Lawrence, .

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A video of the proclamation can be viewed above.

The council also approved the creation of a Tolland Technology Task Force, as well as an expansion of the Energy Task Force to the Energy Task Force and Facilities Task Force.

For a description of the task force charges, take a look at the council agenda. The town will be reaching out soon to residents who may like to serve on either task force.

Walter May 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM
It's nice to see that higher taxes and nepotism are celebrated in Tolland.
Bob S May 09, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Thanks town council. I really, really, really love paying higher taxes for over paid workers. I cannot bend over enough to say thank you.
Thomas Smith May 10, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Bob, I don't think there are many workers on the town side that are over paid. Just check their contracts that are on line !!
Long time resident May 11, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I believe Jason Lawrence was selected by an independent panel to be the most qualified applicant. This is how many of the positions in town are filled. It is not a crowded field, so whether related or not, most experienced people in the field know each other and you could claim bias no matter who was hired. That doesn't mean the hire isn't legitimate, appropriate and in the best interests of the town. I believe Jason is a good choice and happy to see it happen.

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