A referendum is being held in Bethel today on a budget. The $28.6 million municipal budget and the $44.3 million school spending plan, is an overall 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker called it a reasonable budget, under the rate of inflation.
The budget maintains school programs like the Junior ROTC, AP classes and Pathways to Professions Program. On the municipal side, the town has eliminated two government positions due to new efficiencies. Knickerbocker says the budget does however move social services from part time to full time, due to an increase in demand.
The tax watchdog group Bethel Action Committee opposes the budget. Representatives of BAC say further efficiencies can be found.
Bethel residents can cast ballots until 8pm.