Polls are open in Bethel for residents to vote again on a municipal budget. Another $151,000 has been cut by the Bethel Board of Finance. After the first proposal failed, $230,000 was cut. The budget is about $26.8 million dollars. The reductions include to First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker's salary, holding it flat from this fiscal year.
Highway salt and sand, building maintenance and repairs and Bethel Fire Department firehouse maintenance among other line items receiving cuts. Reductions were also made to Stony Hill Firehouse maintenance, parks and rec maintenance and supplies, tree warden contracted services and senior center funding.
The reductions include several line items of Intra Governmental Agency subsidies for Sweet Hart bus service, the transfer station and paramedic intercept, as well as reductions to the Board of Ed maintenance account and legal services.
The education budget will stand, as approved, at $42 million and will not be voted on again. Polls are open until 8pm.