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No Tax Hike Planned As Bethel Voters Approve $71.3M Total Budget

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker
Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker Photo Credit: Contributed

BETHEL, Conn. — Voters in Bethel on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a total budget of $71.3 million for the next fiscal year, according to the News-Times website.

Here is the breakdown of the voting for each segment of the budget, according to the News-Times:

  • $27.7 million for the town budget approved 1,504 to 719
  • $43.6 million for the school budget approved 1,466 to 749
  • $1.4 million for the capital budget approved 1,525 to 676

Even with a 1.3 percent over the current year's spending, the town property tax rate will fall if town revenue increases as expected, the News-Times said.

The capital budget includes funds for costs related to revaluation and the 2017 Plan of Conservation and Development; to buy an F350 Pickup and a GVW Truck for the Highway Department; to replace the Codfish Road Culvert and to make drain improvements for Maple Avenue; for lighting for Whittlesey Drive; for new seating at the Bethel High School auditorium; for the Highway Garage Roof; for the Highway Garage Carbon Monoxide System; for the MC Gym/Emergency Shelter Locker Rooms; and for Greenwood Avenue walkway repairs.

First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker told the News-Times he was pleased by the budget and its easy passage.

Click here to read the story at the News-Times website.

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