The Board of Finance is asking the public to weigh in on the budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year after presenting a revised $73.14 million combined town and education proposal, a $1.58 million increase in overall spending that would lead to an increase in the town’s mill rate of .49.

Members of the Board of Finance will present the revised proposal, which was crafted following several weeks of lengthy meetings, during a presentation at 5:30 p.m. on April 1. The hearing will include an itemized review of expenditures recommended by the board, as well as public comment from residents.

The meeting, which will be broadcast through Webex, will be virtual-only.

“Residents wishing to speak during the public hearing must dial into the meeting,” Board of Finance Chairman Tim O’Brien said in a press release. “The board will review each item of the budget by section.”

The revised budget proposal, which was crafted following several weeks of meetings by members of the Board of Finance, includes a 2.5% increase in education spending at $38.34 million, while general government and debt spending would increase by $319,000, or 1%. The $2.77 million capital improvement budget represents a 13.7% increase in spending, or $335,000 over the current fiscal year. Read more