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11/9/2021 - Canton Officials Look for Suggestions from Residents on Capital Expenditures

Canton Officials Look for Suggestions from Residents on Capital Expenditures

As part of a policy adopted by the Board of Finance, Town Officials are looking for suggestions from residents on what projects should be funded through the Capital Improvement Plan.  In order to be included in the plan, expenditures must be more than $10,000 and last for more than 5 years.  The Capital Improvement Budget includes approximately $1,000,000 a year for both general government and the school’s capital expenditures.  The majority of the funding is utilized for pavement management, municipal vehicles and large equipment.  For example, the current total capital budget is $1,044,403 of which $480,544 is allocated for pavement management and $359,000 for vehicles and large equipment for both the Town and the Schools. 

Town and School Officials meet every year to discuss the Capital Improvement Plan and prioritize expenditures.  As part of this process, Town Officials are looking for input from the general public.  Often the public gets involved after the proposed budget has been drafted and is being presented during the budget process in the spring.  This is an opportunity for residents to get involved early in the process by recommending Capital Projects to be funded.  Projects such as constructing public restrooms in Collinsville and the continued paving of Canton streets have received funding after residents expressed support. It is important that you make your thoughts known. All recommendations are reviewed by the Boards of Selectmen, Education and Finance. 

Please email your recommended Capital Improvement Projects to Robert Skinner, Chief Administrative Officer at rskinner@townofcantonct.org or mail to Robert Skinner, Chief Administrative Officer, 4 Market Street, PO Box 168, Collinsville, CT  06022.  Make sure to include a complete description of the project you wish to have funded.  The Town Budget, which includes the Capital Improvement Plan, can be located on the Town Web Page at www.townofcantonct.org.

Please send your Capital Improvement suggestions by December 3, 2021. 

Thank you for your input, 

Robert H. Skinner          Kevin Case
Chief Administrative Officer Superintendent of Schools