Which party will win control of the mighty finance board in Greenwich?

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GREENWICH — Control of the Board of Estimate and Taxation, arguably the most powerful government body in Greenwich, is on the ballot this year.

The BET sets the town’s budget each spring. It also approves funding requests throughout the year and the political party that controls the board has the ability to shut down projects by withholding their support.

The BET has 12 members, six Democrats and six Republicans. All 12 seats are open this year, but there are only 12 people running, so they will all get a spot. But the BET election is important because the party that wins more votes gets to pick the chair of the board, a position that comes with the power to break ties when the board splits 6-6.

Republicans have dominated the BET for the past century. They only lost control in one cycle, in 2017, but won it back in 2019 and have held it ever since.

“For the past 100 years, Republicans (in) leadership in the BET have helped create one of the most desirable communities in the country if not the world,” Republican candidate Karen Fassuliotis wrote in response to a candidate questionnaire.

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