Barrett said he didn't know if that was legal, and said it wouldn't be prudent in any case.
"To reduce the highway tax is something real, something tangible," he said. "To apply that to the school budget, which is well over $100 million, you wouldn't even notice it."
Town Councilman Tom Paolucci said the highway department needed the funds the most. "There are more roads in town now than there have ever been. Petroleum-based products are rising in price," he said. "The highway budget has seen more increases than any other part of the town budget."
Resident Norman Goldman took issue with the way the town was notifying taxpayers of the transfer. The notification will be on an insert that comes with the town's tax bill.
Goldman said the insert was akin to telling people how much money they've saved, and then raising their taxes. ""