With that in mind, officials are pressing forward with their budget preparation work, with the most recent meeting taking place this past Tuesday evening.

Staff reductions expected

Tuxedo’s budget planning process, Zanetti said, first involved very preliminary discussions of scenarios of a five percent budget increase, a zero percent increase and now a 1.64 percent increase.

“Now, we’re taking our microscope and focusing it at a high power,” he said. “No one is happy with any aspect of this budget. The Board of Education and administration are all grappling with understanding the economics. We’re trying to squeeze every cent out of every dollar for the kids to get them what they need.”