Bethel charter revision proposals headed to board
BETHEL - The town's Charter Revision Commission this week approved its final report and next week will send the report to the Board of Selectmen.
The proposals include the controversial recommendation to have two questions on the annual referendum ballot - one for the municipal budget and one for the school budget. Currently, residents vote on one budget number.
The proposal to split the budget is supported by the town's taxpayer watchdog group, Bethel Action Committee but opposed by the boards of finance and education as well as the political action committee Support Our Schools.
The Charter Revision Commission also sent dozens of other recommendations to selectmen. They include proposals that professional services over $30,000 be competitively bid and that the town clerk's term be extended from two years to four years.
Selectmen will hold a public hearing on the charter revisions. They can then ask the revision commission to make further changes or can send the commission's recommendations to a referendum.
From staff writer Marietta Homayonpour