Bethel Budget 2022-2023: ‘Maybe it’s time for an investigation and forensic audit to find out where the money is flowing’ -Letter to the Editor

Report by Paula Antolini, March 10, 2022, 2:30PM EDT


Letter to the Editor from Bethel resident Bill Ochs:

To: Bethel Board of Finance and all Concerned Tax Payers, 

The time has come to control the outrageous spending in Bethel !!

I ask you to provide the residents of Bethel a balanced budget with the smallest increase allowed for contractual responsibilities and community safety No salary increases or extra pet projects. It’s time to give the tax payer a break from constant increases. This goes for the Town and School budgets combined. 

The Grand list has had huge increases in revenue from (21-22, 22-23) and yet Town leadership refuses to keep spending under what is received. It is time to show respect for the many households struggling to get by in this troubled economy. 

Maybe it’s time for an investigation and forensic audit to find out where the money is flowing dollar for dollar. I am confident this would uncover some serious irregularities.  

All spending needs to be 100% transparent and openly scrutinized by the hard working Bethel residents. Don’t forget you are elected to serve the people not personal interests or what feels right politically. It’s taxpayer money, not a personal checkbook.     

I ask all concerned Bethel residents to attend the Town Budget meeting at the middle school on March 21. 

Thank you,

Bill Ochs

Bethel, CT


Editor note:

The Bethel PUBLIC HEARING on the Bethel budget 2022-2023 is on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Bethel Middle School auditorium, 600 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT 06801.

CONCERNED TAXPAYERS: Let your voices be heard.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed budget at the Public Hearing.

If you are unable to attend the session in person and would like to provide comment, you can email the Bethel Board of Finance Chairman Cynthia McCorkindale at Please be sure to include your name and address in emails.

All letters will be submitted into record and counted.