I will have exactly five minutes during this Tuesday night’s Annual Town Meeting to explain to residents why any additional cuts to the education budget would be unwise. Why any efforts to proactively cut our budget, out of concern that Hartford may reduce, possibly eliminate, our town’s Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, could do grave damage to our town’s most important asset, our school system.
I intend to use my five minutes wisely. Please keep in mind that — as originally proposed — our 2016-17 operating budget called for a 1.27% increase, which was reduced $400,000 by the Board of Finance. The budget increase we are now bringing to the town this week calls for a 0.77% increase in Board of Education spending.