WILTON, Conn. – Wilton may be spending more money next year. The Board of Selectmen on Monday unanimously approved a proposed $31.45 million town budget for the next fiscal year. That’s an increase of 3.62 percent from the current year’s budget.
“The Board of Selectmen recognizes that economic stress in the community has not dissipated and has submitted a budget request that we believe balances required operating costs to maintain public safety and security, plus essential services to the community,” a statement from First Selectman William Brennan said.
The proposed budget will be submitted to the Board of Finance Friday. Whatever budget the finance board approves will then need to be approved by voters at the Annual Town Meeting.
In addition to the budget, voters will also decide whether the town should go out to bond for five capital projects totaling $2,330,800.
“Three of these projects involve conversion or replacement of boilers to accommodate natural gas, when Yankee Gas installs the main gas line,” Brennan said in the statement .
The other two projects would replace boilers at Comstock Community Center and the Gilbert & Bennett Community Center, which need to be replaced “as soon as possible to avoid a major failure,” the statement said.