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Virtual public hearing in Bethel on proposed budget

A virtual public hearing has been scheduled in Bethel to discuss the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.  The hearing is set for 7pm via Zoom.  The Board of Finance cut $660,000 from the proposed plan, which would keep the spending increase to 1.9 percent.  The budget calls for $49-million for the schools and $32.8 million  on the municipal side.  The Board of Education asked for little more than a 3-percent increase, but most of the spending cut came to their plan, bringing the increase to 2.25 percent.  The municipal budget includes $350,000 for school building maintenance, $5.8 million in debt service and $26.7 million for town operations.  Some of the proposed cuts came from the Parks and Rec Department budget, assuming there will still be COVID-19 restrictions.

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