At its December 4th, 2007 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to provide an FY09 budget that provides “as close to Level Services as possible” for the town.
At this week’s March 4th Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town Manager presented his FY09 budget presentation. Following the presentation, the Town Manager recommended that the Selectmen decide between two options:
- MAINTAINING SERVICES (LEVEL SERVICES) ****this would require some amount of override
- SPENDING ONLY THE FUNDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE which means the town will have to reduce services.
The Board of Selectmen raised several concerns by the Selectmen regarding departmental budget requests that appeared to exceed the “level services” threshold. The Selectmen requested that town departments prepare to respond to questions regarding the requested Level Services (MAINTAINING SERVICES) budget and the impacts of a Level Funded (SPENDING ONLY THE FUNDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE) budget so that the financial and service impacts of both budgets can be weighed.
The Board of Selectmen will be continuing the FY’09 budget discussion next Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall’s Room 215. EducateHopkinton.com encourages you to attend this public meeting to observe the process and take advantage of any public comment section there could be. The meeting will be accessible on HCAM as well.
Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.