Brookfield residents spoke out at a public hearing this week on the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Residents will be deciding on an $18.9 million municipal budget, $43-million for the schools, $1.3 million in capital projects and $4.1 million for debt service.
The municipal budget is a 2.4 percent increase over the current year. The schools are seeking a 4.9 percent increase in spending after their proposal was cut back slightly by the Boards of Selectmen and Finance. Much of the increase is due to a rise in special education costs, coupled with a decrease in state aid.
A town meeting on the Brookfield budget will be held May 1st. The referendum could then be set for May 15th.