The Bethel Board of Finance will hold a public hearing tonight on the recommended budget. The Bethel Board of Finance approved a $71.27 million recommended budget at their meeting March 1st.
The municipal portion of the budget for the coming fiscal year is recommended at $27.66 million while the Board of Education recommended budget is $43. 6 million. It works out to 1.3 percent higher than the current year. There is also $1.4 million recommended for capital items. The capital budget includes $50,000 for the 2017 Plan of Conservation and Development, $400,000 for lighting on Whittlesey Drive and to replace seating in the high school auditorium, and $115,000 for walkway repairs along Greenwood Avenue.
Officials say if the budget is approved, and revenues come in as expected, the tax rate would decrease by .03 percent.
Tonight's public hearing is at 7:30pm at the Bethel High School auditorium.