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A public hearing on the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year was held in Bethel Tuesday night, and dozens of parents and students called for a turf field at the high school.  Turning DeSantis Field into turf is estimated to cost is $964,000, and would cover the price of resurfacing the track.  The project has been postponed amid state education funding cuts.  Bethel is the only town in the South West Conference without a turf field.  The proposed $75.2 million budget is a 3.2 percent increase over the current year, representing a 5-percent hike in taxes.  A $1.4 million capital budget is also proposed.

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