BRISTOL – The Board of Education Wednesday night approved almost a 1% increase to the proposed 2020-21 school budget, which will be presented to the Board of Education Thursday night.
In a videoconference meeting to maintain social distancing, the board approved a total 5.87% increase over the current year’s budget. Back in February, the board had approved a 4.98% increase. The total budget request now stands at $121.7 million.
The increase was approved 8-1, with only board member Eric Carlson against.
The change is due to a projected increase in the costs of health insurance and workers’ compensation, mitigated by decreases in the costs of retirement salaries and diesel fuel for transportation, said Jill Browne, district finance director.
The Board of Finance budget hearing will take place at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The public can access the meeting online via Webex videoconference at https://bristolct.my.webex.com/bristolct.my/j.php?MTID=m19fcee529e5d3885f5758e5d63851fe6 or by calling in at 1-408-418-9388, and using meeting number (access code): 798 059 508
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