Windsor adjusts budget, avoids layoffs after loss of redevelopment

Windsor this week reshuffled its budget to adjust for the loss of more than $2 million in redevelopment funds, avoiding layoffs and finding other ways to pay for some projects, such as a redesign of a key portion of Old Redwood Highway.

The City Council also came up with another source of money to help fund popular events, including concerts on the Town Green, the Cinco de Mayo celebration and holiday tree lighting.

"We're making do with less," said Town Manager Matt Mullan.

The council had planned to spend more than $23,000 in redevelopment money during the upcoming fiscal year on those three community events, which also are subsidized by business sponsorships.

But with the state eliminating redevelopment programs, the council is using general fund money instead.

A much larger expenditure involves $465,000 for the city's contribution to road and sidewalk improvements on Old Redwood Highway — including installation of traffic roundabouts — that are part of the proposed mixed-use, Bell Village development. The project involves an Oliver's market and 387 apartments on the old Windsorland mobile home site.

With redevelopment funds evaporating for the road redesign, the council earmarked money from the general fund instead.

Windsor is still losing $1.5 million in projects in 2012-13 as a result of the state eliminating redevelopment agencies.

The losses include park improvements, tenant improvement loans, and the planning and design of proposed new police and library buildings.

Half of the cut is $750,000 for affordable housing development programs.

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