Over the course of its last two meetings on February 25 and March 2, the Board of Finance continued its review of the municipal and school district budget proposals, and continued its attempts to define possible additional areas of taxpayer savings.
HARTFORD — Newtown’s legislative delegation — Representatives Dan Carter, J.P. Sredzinski, and Mitch Bolinsky — have each issued updates on bills and initiatives they are supporting this session in Hartford.
Rep Carter (R-2) stated that he is determined this session “to address income and housing — the issues that really matter to the public.”
With a community forum on the 2015-16 school budget set for this Tuesday, March 10, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said this week he is hoping for a good turnout for the forum and for the April referendum.
The one-hour community forum, called “All-School Parent Conversation Focused On Teaching, Learning, And the Proposed 2015-16 Spending Plan,” will start at 7:30 pm, and it will take place in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road.
A screen shot from CT-N shows Governor Dannel P. Malloy as he makes final remarks to his Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which completed its work Friday, March 6, nearly t2½ years after it convened. The panel issued its final version of a report not only recounting the events of December 14, 2012, but issuing myriad recommendations for improving school safety, mental health systems and other measures designed to help prevent the type of incidents and outcomes Newtown experienced on 12/14.
Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee following a March 4 meeting that a public hearing on the proposed 2015-16 budget, originally planned for March 18, is now going to be held a week later on Wednesday, March 25.
Ms Jacob said that based on the anticipated timing of budget actions at the Board of Finance, the council would need the extra week to properly and legally notice the public hearing. The council still plans to hold a regular meeting March 18, Ms Jacob said.
The light snow that began during the overnight hours is expected to continue until around 4 pm, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures at midday registered 21° F, which the weather service says will stay steady all afternoon.
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) announced this week its approval of three new board members, and the ratification of a ten -year sunset plan, which formalizes the spending down of all available funds by December 2025.
The website being maintained by the six-member Recovery and Resiliency Team (RRT) is not only designed to be a clearinghouse of information for the local trauma response agency, but a resource for any other agency, nonprofit and grassroots organization maintaining or holding strategic events designed to support Newtown’s continued healing post 12/14.
On March 2, the Board of Finance continued its review of local budget requests for the 2015-16 fiscal cycle, examining dozens of details in the Board of Education’s $72,253,488 proposal representing a 1.27 percent hike over the current year.
But less than two days later, the district adjusted its budget request to $71,915,679, representing a 0.8 percent increase, because of an action to reduce district contributions to the town’s self-insured employee health plan.
Ten Newtown non-profit organizations received donations totaling over $25,000 through the inaugural FCCF Day of Giving last year. Fifteen organizations based in Newtown are among the 401 registered groups for this year’s 24-hour event, which is now underway.