The Woodbridge Board of Finance, on March 18, passed a budget proposal for 2022 of $51,566,481. If approved, it will bring the mill rate to 42.64, which represents a 2.67% increase over this year’s mill rate of 41.53. For the taxpayers, that would mean the average tax bill for a property assessed at $288,240 would increase by $320 for Fiscal Year 2022.
The number includes a 2.37% increase for the elementary school and a 3.3% increase for Woodbridge’s share of the Amity budget. The total Amity budget as proposed represents a 1.8% increase.
A budget hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Residents will have a chance to ask questions and comment. At the time of this printing, it was not known whether the town would return to in-person meetings, either for this or the subsequent Annual Meeting. “We are waiting for clarification from the state,” said Town Finance Director Anthony Genovese. Eventually it will be the Board of Selectmen to decide, possibly with input from the health department, and based on the Governor’s directives. In 2020, the Governor allowed towns to pass their budgets without a public vote.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent