A small number of residents reportedly voiced their displeasure with the , representing a 3.61 percent increase over the current budget, during a Saturday morning at the .
According to a report in the Fairfield Citizen, some complained that the proposed increase is too steep, considering that many residents in town are struggling financially.
The proposed $272.6 million town budget, which includes the , is an increase of $9.5 million over the current budget of $263.1 million. It is still subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and RTM.
Helping to drive the increase are renegotiated contracts with school district employees, increasing school enrollment, and the town's recently-adjusted pension obligations.