Bridgewater voters will decide on a proposed $2.39 million town budget during a May 24 town meeting.

That figure would represent a 1.92 percent decrease from the 2012-13 fiscal budget.

First Selectman Bill Stuart said the proposed reduction was reached by removing line items that were not being spent.

The public hearing on the budget will be Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

While the town side of the budget would represent a decrease, Bridgewater residents will also vote Tuesday, May 7 on the proposed $21.66 million education budget for Region 12.

Voting will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center at 132 Hut Hill Road.

Bridgewater's share of the Region 12 budget would be $5.01 million, bringing the town's total budget figure to $7.4 million for 2013-14, a .97 percent increase from the present year.

Stuart anticipates the mill rate would remain at 17.5. At that rate, homeowners would continue to pay $1,750 on every $100,000 of assessed value on their property.

-- Susan Tuz