The next step for the budget being proposed by Litchfield’s Board of Education for 2017-18 is a date with the Board of Finance.
Thursday the school board adopted the $17,890,000 budget recommended by Superintendent of Schools Sherri Turner and will present it to the finance board Monday at 7 p.m. at the intermediate school.
Given the proposed budget’s increase of $550,000, or 3.1 percent, in a year where the town would lose $1.4 million in Educational Cost Sharing funds under the wealth redistribution budget being proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the school board could be in for a rough ride Monday.
“They’re going to come after us,” school board member Daniel Clock said of the finance board.
School board Chairman Frank Simone, meanwhile, is expecting an “ugly” meeting.
The board’s director of business operations, David Fiorillo, said the proposed budget’s increase is consistent with the board’s average budget increase of 2.6 percent over the past three years. The spending plan, Fiorillo said, is reasonable.