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Public Hearing For Capital Budget Draws No Interest

August 17, 2011 by Josh Morgan

The public hearing for the 2011/2012 Capital Budget drew little interest from the community Tuesday night, as zero members of the public turned out to comment on the proposal.
The annual Operating Budget historically draws more crowds than the Capital plan, and even with a $30 million referendum item and a total of $38 million in projects this fiscal year, the lack of attendance did not come as much of a surprise to Cheshire Town Council Budget Committee Chairman David Schrumm.
"We usually get a couple (residents), but I'm not that surprised," Schrumm explained. "I'm not surprised that there wasn't an outpouring of public sentiment. The Operating Budget gets more public attention."
The Council has been discussing the proposal for a few weeks, going over requests and determining what needs to be done, what can be done later, and what won't be done at all. The largest item being considered is the $30 million project to upgrade the Cheshire Wastewater Treatment Plant. The voters are expected to decide the fate of that project during the November election when it is brought to referendum.
For the full story on the Capital Budget, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.

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