Milone Reduces BOE Request, But Concerns Will Be Addressed

The town's CNR account will serve to address certain maintenance needs as part of an effort to reduce Cheshire's annual budget request, Milone said.

The Cheshire Board of Education, for the first time in more than 20 years, presented a budget proposal that was actually higher than that presented by School Superintendent Greg Florio, adding $350,000 for capital improvement needs.

As it turns out they won't be receiving that extra money, but it doesn't mean the issues won't be addressed.

"They felt that they had been light in maintenance in some areas and I'm definitely sympathetic to those concerns," Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone said this week. "To reduce the annual budget, we felt this could be addressed in a different way."

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Milone on Monday presented a budget that called for $65 million for the Cheshire Board of Education budget, instead shifting the additional $350,000 in their request to be addressed using the town's capital non recurring, or CNR, acoount.

In January, the Cheshire Board of Education added to Florio's already $2.05 million budget increase as a means of trying to address annual issues with the district's maintenance and equipment budgets.

Florio said in a presentation during the January budget process that both accounts had been overspent annually since 2005 due to unexpected reapirs throughout the district. To avoid this, the Cheshire Board of Education was hoping to increase the accounts in fiscal year 2013-14.

Milone said these maintenance costs could be addressed as needed through the town's CNR account instead, saving the need to increase the budget further.

For more on this year's budget, .

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