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The Town of Cheshire's budget debate officially kicks off tonight when Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio presents his budget recommendation for the Cheshire School District.
Florio will present his budget at a meeting of the Board of Education. It is the only item on the BOE's agenda.
The education budget is the largest portion of the Town's overall operating budget, making up well over half the total money spent. Florio has presented modest increase suggestions over the last several years, yet money for education always seems to spark the largest, most heated debate among both officials and members of the public.
The Superintendent makes his recommendation amidst fears that funding from the State of Connecticut could be cut drastically, considering the deep fiscal problems currently facing Hartford. While money flowing from the state to Cheshire has remained somewhat stable even during the stagnant economy, some believe this year could be different.
Florio's presentation will be made tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 84 South Main Street.
For a brief recap of Florio's proposal, check back to The Cheshire Herald website tomorrow. For the full story, see next week's publication.