Two of the five budget review committees in Danbury are meeting tonight. The Education committee of the City Council and the General Government I committee are each meeting at 5:30pm. The other three committees are scheduled to meet tomorrow and Thursday. The proposed $235.7 million budget represents a nearly 3-percent tax increase.
Mayor Mark Boughton says there were only a few people at the public hearing last week. They wanted to know more about specific items related to an agency they are affiliated with.
Tonight council members will be calling on the Board of Ed, Superintendent of Schools along with the Directors of Finance for the City and Schools will discuss funding for the schools. The town clerk, registrars, members from the library and lake authority among others will review general spending.
Boughton says there is no one-time revenue used in the budget. The historic McLean house on Main Street used to host the WIC program and is the future site of the new Office of Early Childhood. Most of the spending increase is going to pay for staffing and equipment at the new middle school that's going into service at the start of the new school year.