A virtual public hearing will be held in Bethel next month about the budget for the coming fiscal year. Information on the public hearing process and the budget will be shared on the town website and through home mailers. The public hearing will be May 12th at 7pm via Zoom. The Bethel Board of Finance is considering a $79.8 million budget, which is a less than 1 percent increase in the tax rate. The plan includes $48-million for the Board of Ed and $31.8 million on the municipal side. Nearly $1 million was cut from the proposal discussed before the coronavirus outbreak. The final plan will be approved by the Board of Finance at a virtual meeting May 15th. The Board was authorized by the Selectmen, in accordance with Governor Lamont's executive order, to act as the City Council and bypass the town meeting and referendum process.