Common Council adopts budget for 2009

NORWICH – Nearly a month after holding a public hearing to discuss the proposed budget for the 2009 fiscal year, the City of Norwich adopted it during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

The adopted budget totals $7,416,546, an increase of $217,375 from the budgeted amount for 2008. The budget will come with a 3.02 percent tax increase.

During last night’s meeting, Sixth Ward Alderman Robert Jeffrey pointed out that a majority of the increase could be attributed to employee benefits. The cost of hospital and medical insurance increased by nearly $160,000 from 2008 to 2009. “That’s a 17 percent increase. That’s where the majority of our increase in costs are this year,” Jeffrey said.

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