F.Y. 2009 budget approved

The mayors recommended budget was unanimously approval by the Council at its June 23 meeting. The approved budget and tax rate provides for a level municipal tax rate for the second straight fiscal year, resulting in a municipal tax rate of $.067 for the third straight fiscal year. The inflation adjusted effect of this unchanged tax rate represents approximately a 10-12 percent decrease in tax burden for Burlington taxpayers. At the same time this budget enables City departments to maintain a high quality of services and programs for Burlington residents. I appreciate the efforts of the CAOs office, other city dDepartments, the Burlintong City Council and Board of Finance in developing this budget. This budget puts the City in a good position as we look toward Fiscal Year 2010. Well continue to examine the budget carefully with a priority to keep spending growth as low as possible while maintaining services and programs, and developing a sustainable budget into FY10 and beyond. The citys Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) has updated its comprehensive business resource guide for Chittenden County. The Resource Guide for Chittenden County Employers and Employees (12th Edition) is a directory of organizations that assist and support Chittenden County businesses and employees. Its a free comprehensive guide to the array of local, state, and national organizations that provide services to businesses and employees in Chittenden County. The guide features an education section and listings for 23 employment and training/re-training agencies. New to this edition are chapters on Health Care Resources and Green Resources. Print copies are available now from CEDO, 149 Church St. (Burlington City Hall), Room 32. Copies of the resource Guide, and other CEDO publications, are available for circulation and at the Reference Desk at the Fletcher Free Library. The release of the print version of the resource guide will be closely followed by its availability on C.D. and on the CEDO website: www.cedoburlington.org

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