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Wilton Willing To Pay More for Schools

People usually want lower taxes. But that was not the case Wednesday morning as residents gathered at the Wilton Library to support a mill rate increase before the Board of Finance . School Superintendent Gary Richards said residents need to set their town's priorities.

"We need to ask ourselves what kind of community do we want and how much are we willing to pay for it," Richards said.

Richards is expected to push for a mill rate higher than the projected 3 percent increase each of the next three years to help boost the Board of Education budget . He was not alone in the Brubeck Room pushing for higher taxes. Several parents also showed up to support raising the mill rate and the school district budget.

"Please raise my taxes," said Laura Ryan, a Wilton resident and mother. But others, including Wilton resident Ken Dartley, did not share her feelings. Dartley told the Board of Finance that the schools mobilize people to lobby for the Board of Education and requested that the Board values what individuals say rather than the one large group.

Elizabeth Etzbach responded, telling the Board of Finance that each person is an individual and should not be valued less because they are on the side of the schools.

Thursday's meeting was the first of two special informational sessions the Board of Finance is holding for the public to learn and share their opinion about the budget. The next session will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Wilton Library.

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