Cutting $100K from Bethel’s parks and recreation programs upsets residents

BETHEL — A $100,000 cut to parks and recreation program funding was a hot topic during Monday evening’s public hearing on the town’s $81.9 million proposed spending plan for 2021-22.

Several residents spoke out against the reduction during the virtual hearing, arguing that the department’s programs are more important than ever following a year of restricted socialization.

“These past 12 months have been extremely difficult on all of us — especially the youth of our community, who have been isolated and forced to socialize in very unnatural ways,” resident Greg Henry said.

The $100,000 cut in Parks and Recreation program

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