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Council Approves $97.7 Million Budget

April 13, 2011 by John Rook

The Cheshire Town Council approved a $97.7 million operating budget on Tuesday night, reducing Town Manager Micheal Milone's proposal by $1.74 million.
The Council, in a 6-2 vote, approved an increase over last year's budget of $2.17 million, or 2.27 percent, setting the mill rate at 26.85.
The largest decrease came in the area of education funding where the Council slashed Milone's recommendation by $1.4 million, which comes on top of Milone's own $700,000 reduction of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio's 5.09 percent increase request. The Board's operating budget for the coming fiscal year was set at $61.35 million.
Board members and school administrators have stated throughout the budget process that any significant cut to Florio's request could result in teacher layoffs and significant program reductions. It was even suggested that a school might be closed to ease the financial burden, although Board members have seemingly backed away from such a plan.
The Education Association of Cheshire, which represents the teachers in the district, is expected to vote on possible concessions in regards to their current contract in the next few days.
To read more about the budget, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.

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