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Stamford Board Signs Off on $61.6 Million Budget

STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford’s Planning Board added $400,000 to its recommended capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday night. The total spending plan now calls for more than $61.6 million in projects to be done throughout the city.

The largest increase went to the Stamford Animal Shelter , which received $200,000 to allow the Engineering Department to continue making plans to move and upgrade the shelter. The board was unsure how much would be needed to fund the design work but wanted to show its commitment to the shelter and its supporters .

“We’re really flying blind,” board member Jay Tepper said, referring to the lack of information the board had about the status of design plans for a new shelter. The board also held $1 million for the shelter for the 2013-14 fiscal year, when it should be ready for construction.

Other additions included $150,000 to replace deteriorated catch basins and culverts on Oakdale Road. That had been left out of the spending plan for the upcoming year, but the board added the recommendation after seeing pictures of how bad the street floods. The board also added $100,000 to make the bathrooms at Curtain Call more accessible.

“They are not even close to being (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliant,” Dudley Williams said. He doesn’t want the elderly and disabled to miss out on the theater because of the bathrooms.

The budget increase was $50,000 less than because the juvenile retention cells have already been put into use at Stamford Police headquarters, allowing the board to remove that amount from the plan.

The recommended spending plan will now go to Mayor Michael Pavia , who can any cuts he wants, before passing it to the Board of Finance and Board of Representatives for approval. The fiscal year for 2012-13 begins July 1 and will run until June 30, 2013.

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