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Bethel Selectmen authorize Board of Finance to adopt budget

During the Bethel Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday night, members voted, in accordance with the Governor's executive order, to empower and instruct the Board of Finance to craft a budget, hold a virtual public hearing and set a mill rate. 

First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says there will be no Annual Town Meeting or referendum votes.  This directive applies only to this year.

The deadline for the Board of Finance, acting as the town's legislative body, is May 15th.  Knickerbocker plans to meet with the Board's chair soon to discuss a timeline. 

The budget is posted to the town's website, but he says the most likely scenario is to send a budget summary to every household.  That way people without internet access can also have an opportunity to see details.  The information will also include a way to send feedback to town officials.  Knickerbocker says that will probably be via email and U.S. Postal Services.  There is also a secure drop box installed in front of town hall. 

According to the town Charter, there must be 10 days from publicizing the budget to respond before the Board of Finance can act.  The goal is to have the mailing send out by next Monday.

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