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Wednesday, March 21 News

BOS cuts $1.4 million from budget

The Board of Selectmen chopped $1,436,181 from the proposed 2014-15 budget Thursday night.

The selectmen approved a $146.9 million budget, an 11 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget, but that number is expected to change Friday once the Finance Department plugs in new Board of Education numbers.

The official Board of Education budget was approved last week, but the Board of Selectmen had been making changes using the first version of the schools' budget, as it was proposed on Jan. 6.

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi, who's recovering from a medical procedure, joined Thursday's meeting via phone.

One reduction to the budget was in a renovation project at the South Elementary School playground. The Board of Selectmen cut that project's budget in half -- from $100,000 to $50,000. The board also eliminated one of the two new officers the police department had requested.

Additionally, the Board of Selectmen made several recommendations to the Board of Finance, including reviewing a $200,000 request to renovate the Saxe Middle School auditorium, which Selectman Nick Williams thought "was a little high." The selectmen are also asking the Board of Finance to review the school district's request of $2.6 million to fund health insurance.

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Nelson Oliveira|Education/general assignment reporter