Budget work was done by an Annual Town Meeting — accomplished as recommended by the finance board and other town elected officials — Monday night, May 7. The meeting rejected several motions to reduce various line items, including three motions to lower spending in the school budget, that were voted down by the 100 or more voters gathered Monday night in East Ridge Middle School auditorium.
“Does anyone think that if we paid the superintendent only $200,000 we would get less than what we received for our money the last three years?” asked veteran budget critic Ed Tyrell, in making a motion to reduce the school superintendent’s salary line from $233,303 to $200,000. “To put the superintendent’s salary in perspective, the current superintendent gets a salary that is $100,000 greater than Mr. Marconi’s salary (First Selectman Rudy Marconi). That makes no sense.”