A public hearing is being held in Bethel tonight about the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The Board of Finance recommended a 2.3 percent increase over the current year to pay for more projects through the operating budget, not bonding them. The capital budget was also reduced from the $2.1 million selectmen request to $1.4 million. The municipal plan is proposed at $30.2 million, while the schools are asking for $45.1 million. The public hearing is at 7pm at the Bethel High School auditorium. The annual town meeting will be held April 4th.