Budget bummer: Town expects insurance bump

With insurance costs a major obstacle to holding the 2019-20 town budget increase down, the selectmen will begin their budget work with four meetings the first week of February.

“The big question this year is health insurance, as it is most years,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said.

“We need to figure that out, and no one has yet but we’re looking,” Marconi said. “We definitely have a double-digit increase.”

The selectmen, like the school board, will be working with the town’s insurance consultant, Rob Fitzpatrick, for ways to reduce the costs.

“It’s got to come down, one way or the other,” Marconi said.

In the long run, Marconi may look at ideas like whether a regional group of towns might get better rates.

“I don’t know, whatever we need to do, we’re going to have to do, to get that down — under control,” Marconi said.

Budget meetings are scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 4, 5 and 7, at 7 p.m. In town hall’s lower level conference room.

A regular selectmen’s meeting is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. with budget discussions listed at the end of the agenda.