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There were no surprises at last night's Cheshire Town Council meeting.
The budget proposal that had been met last week, which was met with reserved approval from all involved, was passed along party lines Tuesday night, meaning the Town's Operating Budget will be approximately $98.7 million, with an education budget of $62.5 million.
Approval is expected to mean that the average Cheshire family's tax bill will increase by roughly $100.
The final budget represents a decrease of about $1 million from Town Manager Michael Milone's original request of $99.7 million, presented to the Council in March. Council Finance Chairman David Schrumm last week presented the trimmed down budget, but there had been rumors that some Council members were pushing to decrease the budget further. In fact, at last week's Council budget workshop, Republican Councilor Andy Falvey expressed his view that a significant amount more should be cut from Milone's proposal, including another $1 million from the education budget, which he claimed could be accomplished through transferring money from the medical benefits trust fund and eliminating teaching positions created and sustained by stimulus funds.
However, in the end, the Council decided to stick with the proposal laid out last week.
For more on this story, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.