A budget proposal was unveiled in Bethel last night during the annual town meeting. The municipal budget is proposed at $27.63 million, which includes debt service of $3.87 million. The school's building maintenance account of $489,000 is also included in the municipal side of the budget. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the proposed Board of Education budget is $43.6 million.
Knickerbocker says between town government and the Board of Ed union negotiations, Bethel has been able to save almost a million dollars in health insurance costs.
The Bethel Board of Finance is recommending $1.438 million for capital items. Those items include replacing the Codfish Road culvert, drainage improvements on Maple Avenue, lighting for Whittlesey Drive and Greenwood Avenue Walkway repairs. Funding to replace seating at the high school auditorium, a highway garage roof and carbon monoxide system are included.