Stamford Board of Finance takes final vote Tuesday on cuts to city, school budgets

STAMFORD – The Board of Finance is set to meet Tuesday night to vote on potential cuts to the city’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Board of Education’s request makes up about half of the overall operating budget. The request this year is for about $ 308 million – roughly a 5 percent increase. At a public hearing earlier this month, educators and parents urged elected officials to refrain from reducing the budget.

The boards of finance and representatives are only able to make cuts. While they can make line-item reductions to the city side of the budget, each only can make a general cut to the schools’ budget.

The Board of Finance is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 7 pm via Zoom: The meeting will start with comments from members of the public.

The Board of Representatives plans to vote on the budget on May 3. The Board of Finance is then expected to set the mill rate on May 17. Last year, it set an average mill rate of 26.7, resulting in an average tax hike of 2.26. percent.

Separately from the operating budget, Simmons has proposed a capital projects budget of about $ 58.5 million – almost $ 11.5 million above what the Planning Board recommended. The capital budget, which includes school, roads and other infrastructure projects, is mostly funded by bonds.

Links to the proposed budgets are available on the Board of Representatives’ website:

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