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Brookfield Debates 2.45% Proposed Budget Increase

Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn
Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn Photo Credit: Contributed

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Residents bombarded Brookfield officials with questions during a recent public hearing regarding the approximately $63.2 million budget for 2016-17, which includes a proposed tax increase of 2.45 percent, according to the News-Times.

In addition to residents complaining about the tax increase, members of the fire department are upset regarding a $150,000 proposed cut to the department's budget, reported the News-Times. First Selectman Steve Dunn, told the News-Times he felt the meeting "got a little out of hand," according to the News-Times.

Some items included in the budget driving the increase include a 2.2 percent increase in education spending, which includes hiring several new positions, and the Board of Selectman budget, which also includes two new positions, a purchasing agent and a community development specialist, added the News-Times.

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