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Ridgefield officials to rework budget proposal amid pandemic

A virtual Ridgefield Board of Selectmen’s meeting is being held tonight to deal with budget issues. 

First Selectman Rudy Marconi said has cancelled the public hearing, town meeting and referendum.  He is now asking that the Board of Selectmen, as authorized by Governor Lamont's executive order, give the Board of Finance the ability to pass a budget for the coming fiscal year.  They will also be called on to set the tax rate.  Marconi notes that the meeting will be live streamed, residents can call in and participate via Zoom video conferencing to make the process as transparent as possible.

Substantial cuts will be made because the Board recognizes that the economic impact of coronavirus will have ripple effects for months, if not years to come.

Marconi is concerned about revenue, and the ability of residents to make tax payments.  He is looking to get to a zero-percent increase.  The Golf Course usually generates $1.3 million a year, but is shut down, the Parks and Rec Department revenue has fallen off completely amid coronavirus-related closures.

Marconi says they have to look at how to cover shortfalls and see how the town can help people impacted by the shut down.  He notes that the economic consequences are deep.

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