The Brookfield budget is due to the Town Clerk today. The Board of Selectmen made proposals to the Board of Finance, which deliberated this week. An $18.2 million municipal budget and a $41.39 million school operation budget have been proposed.
This is a 2.62 percent increase in spending over the current fiscal year.
The Selectmen included $200,000 in contingency funds that would partially support any changes in the state fund grants that typically come to Brookfield. First Selectman Steve Dunn says the state unknowns remain a very real concern for Brookfield because municipal aid and school grants represent a large part of the town's funding.
The grand list declined by 1.57 percent as a result of the revaluation. The town has to change the mill rate upwards to account for this change in values. Dunn says that is why the mill rate change is higher than the actual proposed spending increase.