A request for a supplemental appropriation by Litchfield’s Board of Education was granted by the Board of Finance on Wednesday after a spirited discussion between the boards.
The appropriation will be used by the school board to eliminate a deficit of $6,851 in its budget of $17,738,820 for the fiscal year of 2016-17.
The deficit was a product of unanticipated expenses is special education transportation and tuition and employee benefits, according to the school board’s director of business operations, David Fiorillo.
According to Fiorillo, the deficit wasn’t realized until Aug. 18. The school board was notified promptly and made the request for the supplemental appropriation. The appropriation will come out of a surplus in the maintenance line item in the town budget for 2016-17.
Approval of the school board’s request was unanimous.
Finance board Chairman David W. Wilson, who did not vote on the request, expressed disappointment with the request coming well after the fiscal year ended on June 30. The school board should have made it known before June 30 that a deficit was looming.
Finance board member Matthew Terzian said the boards need to do a better job of communicating in order to avoid similar issues in the future, while school board Chairman Frank Simone apologized for the timing of the request.