Budget talks: Selectmen set to meet Feb. 5-8; school meetings begin Monday

The school superintendent proposes close to a 5% spending increase. The first selectman is thinking maybe 2.5%, or even 1% for town departments. The finance board chairman has targeted a 2% tax increase.

Something will give at coming budget meetings.

The school board has budget meetings planned: Monday, Jan. 29, for “health benefits, athletics, and Title IX,” Monday, Feb. 5, for “teaching and learning, special education, related services,”  and Monday, Feb. 12, for “budget questions.”

Hearings on the school budget will be Saturday morning, Feb. 24, and Monday evening, Feb. 26.

The selectmen’s work on the town budget begins with nightly meetings in town hall Monday, Feb. 5, through Thursday, Feb. 8 — all at 7 except Wednesday’s, starting at 7:30.

The finance board will host a public hearing Monday, March 26.