Let the dance begin. The annual Budget Waltz is under way. The partners have taken their first steps. The Board of Finance has declared its operating budget increase guidance at 1.75%. The “New education budget starts at 5.4% …” according to an article in this paper on Jan. 3 of this year.
A bit far apart? Not at all. The familiar pattern often shows education up 5% to 6% on the opening phase. It is well known that Wilton taxpayers have a threshold of pain upper limit between 2.5% and 3%. So all they need to do is show some “due diligence” (a flamboyant but imaginary move) to reduce their request by another 2.5% by the end of the process.