$2.9M budget reduction urged.


Byline: Jim Esslinger

THOMPSON - The Board of Finance is recommending a $2.9 million reduction in the town's proposed $25.3 million fiscal 2009 budget. The spending request was $4 million over last year's controversial final budget.

First Selectman Lawrence Groh said last night the finance board made the decision during its meeting last week and more cuts were likely.

The school department took the brunt of the hits losing $1.5 million from its $17.8 million request. The board also recommended a $450,000 reduction of the town's surplus funds and $34,000 be cut from the library.

Mr. Groh said the finance board is hoping to keep an increase in the mill rate below 1.0. Even with the latest cuts, the mill rate would have to go up by 1.08 over its current 16.97.

Last year, voters rejected two proposals before finally settling on a spending plan weeks into the new fiscal year. Selectmen and the finance board are...

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