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The public will have its chance to speak on the proposed $99.5 million Operating Budget tonight in Town Hall at 7 p.m.
The Town Council has been reviewing the budget for the past few weeks but no official cuts or reductions have been made at this point. Members of the public are invited to speak on any aspect of the budget during the hearing tonight, which takes place on the third floor of Town Hall, 84 South Main Street, in Council Chambers.
There are no reductions in hours or layoffs proposed in the Fiscal Year 2011/2012 budget, but the Town Council has the authority to make those changes for Town workers. The Council cannot direct the Board of Education in how to spend its money, but cuts to the recommended budget could mean teacher layoffs this summer.
After the Public Hearing tonight, April 5, the Council will continue to discuss the budget up until next week. It's during these meetings where cuts or changes to the budget will be made known, so check back for updates.
A full breakdown of the budget can be found on the Town's website, http://www.cheshirect.org/budget/default.html. See this week's Herald for a detailed story on the meeting.