WESTERLY — The Board of Finance has started its annual review of the proposed town and schools budget with a look at the education budget proposed by Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau and the School Committee.

Garceau reviewed the $59,395,283 budget for 2021-22, a 2.32% increase from current spending, with the board Tuesday. School Committee members, who have unanimously supported the budget proposal, also attended the virtual meeting. Board members asked a few questions of Garceau and Cindy Kirchhoff, the school district’s director of finance and operations, and said they would send others to Garceau by e-mail. The board is scheduled to continue its deliberations on the education budget during a meeting scheduled for tonight at 5:30.

The budget would require a $1.6 million, or 3.32%, increase in the local appropriation, which is $48,459,463 in the current budget. The same local appropriation also supported the 2019-20 budget. The current budget of $58,046,629 is a 1.4% decrease from the previous year.

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