Weston selectmen begin budget review

The 2013-14 town and school budget proposals are in from the first selectman and the superintendent of schools.

On the table are a town operating budget of $11,689,696 (a 3.32% increase over the current year), a $46.29 million school budget (a 1.55% increase), and a $733,728 capital budget (a 36% decrease).

Both the town and school budget requests have been forwarded to the Board of Selectmen. The rest of this year’s budget schedule includes:

Monday, Feb. 25: Board of Selectmen reviews first selectman’s budget request, 7:30 p.m., town hall Meeting Room.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Board of Selectmen reviews Board of Education budget request, 7:30 p.m., town hall Meeting Room.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: Board of Selectmen reviews Board of Education budget request (if necessary) and continues review of first selectman’s request (if necessary). Board of Selectmen vote on and transmit first selectman’s and Board of Education budgets to Board of Finance. Board also nominates moderator for Annual Town Budget Meeting. Regular Board of Selectmen’s meeting, 7:30 p.m., town hall Meeting Room.

Friday, March 1: Deliver budget books to Board of Finance.

Monday, March 11: Board of Finance reviews selectmen’s budget request, 7:30 p.m., town hall Commission Room.

Tuesday, March 12: Board of Finance reviews selectmen’s budget request (if necessary).

Wednesday, March 13: Board of Finance reviews Board of Education budget request, 7:30 p.m., town hall Commission Room.

Thursday, March 14: Board of Finance reviews Board of Education budget request (if necessary).

Thursday, March 21: Publish notice of public hearing on budget. (Charter requires 10 days prior to public hearing.)

Wednesday, April 3: Board of Finance holds public hearing on budget request, 8 p.m., Weston Middle School cafeteria. (Charter requires at least two weeks prior to Annual Town Budget Meeting.)

Thursday, April 4: Additional public hearing on budget request (if necessary).

Thursday, April 11: Board of Finance budget deliberation meeting, 7:30 p.m., town hall Commission Room.

Thursday, April 18: Publish and post notice of Annual Town Budget Meeting. (Charter requires at least five days prior to meeting.)

Wednesday, April 24: Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM), 8 p.m., Weston High School auditorium.

Thursday, May 2: Proposed referendum.

Thursday, May 9: Board of Finance meets to set the mill rate.

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