School board to discuss spending cap Feb. 12

Does the state’s 2.5% municipal spending cap apply to Ridgefield?

That’s the question the Board of Education would like to have answered before moving forward further with its 2018-19 budget deliberations.

The board was scheduled to discuss the spending cap at its meeting Monday night but opted to postpone deliberations until Monday, Feb. 12.

Chairwoman Fran Walton suggested the delay after the board received a message from state Sen. Toni Boucher that raised concerns about whether the cap still applies to Ridgefield.

Walton added that she invited First Selectman Rudy Marconi to the Feb. 12 meeting to discuss the cap, and any other questions board members might have about it.

At the board’s Feb. 5 meeting, Walton said the penalty municipalities would have incurred if they went over the 2.5% spending cap had been eliminated.

Superintendent Karen Baldwin has proposed a 4.83% budget increase for the next school year.