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Special Town Meeting tonight in New Fairfield on spending items

A Town Meeting is being held in New Fairfield at the end of the month for residents to weigh in on some spending requests.  The allocations are for a third full-time school resource officer, part-time dispatcher salaries, a police vehicle and the 5-percent hike in the Nuvance contract for ambulance/paramedic services.  The total being sought from the General Fund is $195,500.  The SRO for the Meeting House Hill School and Consolidated Early Learning Academy campus salary is $40,500.  Each officer would have their own vehicle, as the high school and middle schools already have full-time school resource officers.  Police coverage at the elementary schools have historically been funded through overtime shifts so the town could save nearly $19,000 with the new SRO position. $58,000 for part-time dispatcher salaries would become part of the Board of Selectmen’s operating budget.  The Nuvance increase totals $22,500.  The Board of Selectmen's budget for 2022-23 included $60,000 for a police vehicle, but there's a $5,000 shortfall because of price increases.  The Town Meeting is tonight at New Fairfield Senior Center at 7pm.

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