Town and school budgets total 2.5% increase

Yep, 2.5%. The combined town and school budget requests now being put forward total close to $142.5 million, an increase of 2.5% — or nearly $3.5 million over the current year’s $139 million in allocated spending. The combined proposal stays just within the proposed 2.5% “cap” on municipal spending increases handed down by the state legislature — over widespread protests … read more

Selectmen seek less than 2.39% increase for town, recommend 2.5% for schools

Sweeping through their budget work, the Board of Selectmen agreed to go for a 2.5% budget increase and that where they ended up. The $142,492,430 proposed town and school budget the Board of Finance will be going to work on works out to 2.5% more than this year’s $139,013,087. That 2.5% $142 million budget proposal includes $93,517,544 for the school … read more

Town’s fiscal health shows in audit report

No alarms bells were set off by the auditors’ report. The town brought in more money than it spent in the last fiscal year, and independent auditors judge the town’s financial books for 2015-16 to be accurate. That’s the bottom line for Ridgefield’s 2015-16 fiscal year — from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016 — as reviewed by the … read more

Schools vow to meet state cap

School officials fended off any commitments about closing a school, but told the finance board Tuesday they’re working to bring next year’s budget in under the proposed 2.5% state spending cap. However, the increase may be higher, since some categories of spending, including special education, are excluded from the calculation. “The 2.5% cap, is that still a working number?” finance … read more

Finance board re-elects Ulmer, adds Mancini

With two unanimous votes, the Board of Finance re-elected David Ulmer as its chairman and elected Jessica Mancini as its vice chairwoman Tuesday night, Jan. 17. Both are Democrats, and Ullmer has led the board since 2012, after a Democratic majority was first elected in November 2011. This is Mancini’s first term as vice-chair. “The board works well together; We’ve … read more

Local organizers fill up four buses for Women’s March on Washington

United by shared convictions and concerns as America enters the Trump presidency, more than 200 people will depart from Ridgefield High School’s parking lot on four buses in the early morning dark — shortly before 3 a.m. — Saturday, Jan. 21, to add their boots and voices to the Women’s March on Washington. “The trailblazing women who came before us … read more

School closing, redistricting pushes education meeting to Scotts Ridge auditorium

High interest surrounding the school district’s decision to either close one of the town’s six elementary school or redistrict dozens of students has forced the Board of Education to meet at Scotts Ridge Middle School Monday night. According to an agenda that was sent out Friday, the board will meet in executive session from 6:30 to 7:30 to hear Superintendent … read more

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