The Wilton community will have an opportunity to voice its opinion regarding the municipal and school budgets at two public hearings next week. The school budget will be presented Monday, March 28, and the municipal budget Tuesday, March 29. Both public hearings begin at 7:30 p.m. at Middlebrook School auditorium, 131 School Road. The Board of Selectmen has proposed a municipal budget of $32.4 million for fiscal year 2017, a 0.05% decrease over the current budget. An $81-million education budget has been proposed by the Board of Education, representing a 1.27% increase over the current fiscal year. In both cases, members of the public will once again have an opportunity to listen to a brief summary of the budget and ask questions. They will also have the chance to make recommendations to the Board of Finance about the spending proposals for 2016-17. For the school budget hearing on Monday, the Board of Education is hoping for a better turnout than seen at its last budget hearing in January, which started off with only five people in attendance and didn\u2019t grow much larger. Fearing cuts by the Board of Finance, Board of Education Chairman Bruce Likly has called on Wilton residents to show their support of the budget. Last year, there were more \u201cno\u201d votes than \u201cyes\u201d votes at the conclusion of the budget referendum, but because of the 15% rule \u2014 which dictates that the budget passes when turnout is less than 15% of the electorate \u2014 the budget passed. \u201cThis is a not a good way to \u2018win\u2019,\u201d he said at the March 10 board meeting. Since last year\u2019s vote, Likly said, the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen have \u201cessentially taken the fact that the actual number of no votes exceeded the number of yes votes as a mandate to drive budgets lower. \u201cI like lower taxes as much as the next person, and this is all well and good in some cases,\u201d said Likly, \u201cbut when our teacher\u2019s contract alone increases by almost 3% and we have inflation to deal with, a 1.27% budget request is already an amazing feat.\u201d Likly said unless 2,000 or more people show up to the school budget hearing on March 28 and the Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 3, \u201cthe school budget will be cut by the Board of Finance \u2014\u00a0because they think \u2018you\u2019 want them to cut our current budget instead of raising taxes.\u201d The Board of Finance cannot make actual cuts to either budget, but can request cuts by a dollar amount, leaving actual cuts to the either the Board of Selectmen or Board of Education.