The 2016-2017 town budget will begin to be the center of debate around Trumbull as officials prepare for a January that features several Board of Education meetings as well as a Board of Finance hearing on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Residents will get to take a look under the hood and make criticisms of this year’s budget but they will be asked to wait until February.

The first Board of Finance budget hearing open to the public has been scheduled to be held at Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. The second public hearing for this year’s budget will be held at Madison Middle School at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

The Trumbull Town Council met last Monday to kick off the discussion and First Selectman Tim Herbst spoke to The Times Tuesday about his upcoming budget presentation to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

"The big three items on my list for this year's budget is keeping the tax rate stable, figuring out a location for our senior center and beginning the construction process of that building, and continuing to seek new areas for economic development," he said. "Keeping the budget as lean as possible is always a top priority — it's tremendously important to me that our residents get the best value for their tax dollars and I think they have under my administration."