The Board of Selectmen in Brooklyn have announced that they will hire a Town Administrator to run the town.
It’s a $13.97 million budget proposal for a town that has a population approximately 65% of that of Woodstock.
Cut from the education budget:
· two teacher positions, including an eight grade teacher,
· a new school bus,
· new copier machines,
· money for a maintenance shed from the education budget,
· days and hours for librarians and secretaries at both the Elementary School and Middle School, and
· a proposed increase in hours for an elementary school music teacher.
Cut from the town operating budget:
· $31,000 from the highway department,
· $20,000 for waste and refuse disposal,
· Reductions in temporary office personnel,
· closing of the dog pound and going to a regional service and
· numerous other line-item cuts also removed $11,000 from the budget.
Yet fuel and electricity are going up.
One important line item was not cut – tuition payments to Woodstock Academy.
One resident said in the Norwich Bull “We’re going backwards in this town.”