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After several weeks of meeting and countless debates, the Cheshire Town Council is poised to approve the upcoming fiscal year's operating budget at tonight's Town Council meeting.
If approved without changes, the more than $104 million budget will result in a rise in the mill rate to around 30. However, it is expected that the Council will make cuts to the request presented by Town Manager Michael Milone, and most eyes will be focused on the Education Budget, where a little more than $3 million in increased spending has been requested.
At stake is the full-day kindergarten initiative. School officials have expressed a desire to move forward with the curriculum change next school year, however, if they do not receive enough of a funding increase, the plan is likely to be put off. Initial estimates suggest that $856,000 would be needed to implement full-day kindergarten, yet at a recent Council meeting school officials suggested that number could be reduced.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Cheshire Town Hall, 84 South Main St. The public is invited to attend.
For the full story on tonight's meeting, make sure to check out this week's edition of The Herald, on newsstands Thursday.