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The New Fairfield Board of Finance has approved a budget to send to residents .  There is a proposed $12.1 million for the town and $42.8 million sought for the schools.  Taxes would increase by 2.55 percent.  The municipal budget is a more than 11-percent increase in spending, mostly to restore funding for road paving eliminated this year to make up for state funding cuts.  The education budget request was reduced slightly.  There is a decline in enrollment and school officials note that about 30 positions have been eliminated since 2010.  Funding for two new safety advocate positions were eliminated, replaced by police officers.  A school safety committee is studying security protocols and long-term personnel changes.  A date has not yet been set for the budget vote.

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