Griswold Budgets To NOT Go To Referendum for 2020-2021 Fiscal Year

This article was published on: 04/9/20 3:25 PM by Mike Minarsky

The Griswold Board of Finance met on Tuesday (online) to discuss the upcoming town general government and educational budgets. Due to COVID-19, the process is going to be quite different at this point. . There is an executive order put in place essentially giving the power of budgetary decision-making to the Board of Finance.

There will be NO referendum in the Town of Griswold, at least not as of right now. According to Town of Griswold Finance Director Julie Marcotte, the process in place now is to have the Board of Finance review budgets again at their next meeting on Tuesday April 14th. Once the budgets are finalized by the Board of Finance, the budget will be placed online for residents to view it. There will be a special email address set-up as well so residents can submit questions or concerns on the budgets. There will be a 2 week period that the budgets will be posted online for resident review.

Griswold Superintendent of Schools, Sean McKenna, gave a statement on the process via email. “The Board Of Education Initial Budget Proposal is still at a 3.98% increase. Given the recent, uncharted developments, we are not sure how things will develop with the Governor’s Executive Order. That being stated, we look forward to working with all stakeholders in a constructive way to move forward together as a community.”

The combined budgets (General Government / Education) is sitting at an approximate 6.50% increase to date, which is of course before the Board of Finance “fine tunes” it. SNSN will continue to follow this as it develops. There will be an audio podcast posted on of the Board of Finance meeting from Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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