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Wilton's School Budget Total Decreased Again

WILTON, Conn. – The budget for Wilton’s schools has been cut down just a little bit more. The Wilton Board of Education announced at the town’s public hearing Monday it decreased the 2013 budget to about $74.1 million.

This is a 2 percent increase from the 2012 budget, but a decrease from the approximately $74.5 million budget was approved by the board in early February.

“I’m going to ask you to support the budget because it’s the right budget,” said Bruce Likly , chairman of the board.

“We don’t have all the money in the world,” Likly said as he explained the breakdown of how the money would be spent.

Longtime Wilton resident Ed Papp questioned the increases in costs, citing that in 2000 the school budget was around $33 million and that between 2010 and 2012, there was an 8.4 percent rise in the budget.

“And in exchange we’re getting two new teachers so that doesn't really sit well with a lot of people in town,” Papp said.

Pam Carlson, mother of children in seventh and fourth grades, said she supports the budget “100 percent.” Her comment on needing a library aide in Cider Mill Elementary School was met with applause.

Another mother of a seventh- and fourth-grader in Wilton schools, Savet Constantine said she had little problems with the proposed budget.

The Wilton Board of Selectmen will meet with the board of finance for their public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Middlebrook Middle School auditorium.

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