Town parks, employee benefits and school contingencies received a bit of a boost from the Board of Finance, as the panel revised First Selectman Vicki Tesoro’s budget proposal and added about $340,000. Those additions brought Tesoro’s $169.67-million 2018-19 budget to about $170.02 million.
The bulk of the increases came from two line items: the workers’ compensation fund and the contingency fund. Finance board Chairman Elaine Hammers said the additions brought the town more into line with what it historically spent on workers’ comp and also provided funds to hire additional elementary school teachers. The Board of Education has identified five grades where any additional students would require another teacher, she said.