The New Fairfield Board of Education is looking into a nearly 4-percent increase in their spending request for the coming fiscal year. Superintendent Pat Cosentino presented a $43.2 million budget to the Board last week. She says there's a number of critical programs and initiatives included in the $1.65 million increase over the current year. Employee benefits and health insurance is nearly 15 percent of the proposed spending plan. Payroll accounts for about 62 percent of the proposed budget. The Board of Ed plans to hold virtual budget meetings tomorrow and Thursday, as well as next Tuesday. The New Fairfield Board of Finance asked the Selectmen and schools to aim for zero-percent increases as debt service for the town’s two school building projects is expected to drive up the tax rate.