Wilton finance board mulls future meetings

WILTON — In what was surely one of its shortest meetings ever, the Board of Finance wrapped up business in 15 minutes on Dec. 1. Admittedly, it was not a long agenda, dealing primarily with future meetings.

Chairman Jeff Rutishauser reminded the board five to six specific budget meetings will need to take place next year, although given the uncertainties presented by the pandemic, he could not suggest specific dates.

The finance board will meet with the Board of Education to go over its budget in February, and in March will meet with the Board of Selectmen for the same reason.

The Board of Finance sets public hearings on each budget, also usually in March. These are followed by a mill rate meeting.

“All these meetings last year got pushed out because of COVID and continuing work on the budget,” he said. Additionally, there was no Annual Town Meeting last year and whether there will be one this year is unclear.

“As we get closer we can pin down the dates and locations,” he said, adding for now, there is “too much ambiguity.”

As for the board’s regular meetings, they are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month beginning in January.