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Florio Presents His Budget Proposal Tonight

January 6, 2011 by John Rook

The budget season officially kicks off tonight at Town Hall when Cheshire Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio proposes his 2011-2012 budget to the Board of Education.
The Board's expenses make up the largest part of the Town of Cheshire's overall budget, and Florio's presentation is the first step in finalizing the total amount the Town will spend in the coming year. It is unknown how much of an increase Florio will recommend, but some officials have speculated that he will ask for more than the 3.86 percent increase he suggested last year. The Board ultimately cut Florio's request by $1 million, and the Town Council further reduced that number so that the final increase was only $927,000, or $1.4 million less than what Florio had been asking.
However, with rising costs for health care and transportation, coupled with the expected loss of more than $1 million in federal stimulus money, Florio has hinted that a larger increase will be necessary in order to keep things at their present levels.
The budget presentation will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall. For the full story Florio's budget proposal, see next week's Cheshire Herald.

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