Why do we Need to Go to Annual Town Meeting (ATM)?

  • To approve spending for the fiscal year beginning July 1. At ATM, we approve money for the operating budgets of all town departments. We also approve money for capital items such as new trucks or major repairs to buildings. The source of the money can be from the annual tax levy, existing funds, or bonding (new borrowing).
    • Operating budget articles require a simple majority (more than 50%). Article 5, the School department budget, is one such article.
    • Articles for capital items require a 2/3 affirmative vote if they are to be bonded. Article 48, the Feasibility Study for the renovation or replacement of Center School, is an example.
  • To approve other important Articles that affect our town’s finances and services. For example, Article 29, the Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) bylaw for Legacy Farms, is a critical article for the future financial health of the town.

The Warrant for the ATM is available on the web http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/pdf/ATM_5-5-08.pdf and contains details of all the articles that will be voted on at ATM.

Town Meeting begins Monday, May 5th at the Hopkinton High School Gymnasium (a.k.a. Field House) at 7:00 p.m.

Secure your babysitters now! Encourage your spouse, friends and neighbors to attend and have their voices be heard.

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Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Women’s Club “Meet the Candidates Night” April 30 7:00 p.m.

Hopkinton Women’s Club presents the 22nd annual “Meet the Candidates Night”
Wednesday, April 30th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ HCAM Studios

The public is invited to meet the candidates for the upcoming town election. Following their presentations, the candidates are available for questions from the audience. The forum is broadcast by HCAM-TV.

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Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Hopkinton Independent Selectman Candidate Debate

Hopkinton Independent Selectman Candidate Debate

Monday, April 28, 2008

Taped at 5 p.m. at HCAM Studio – Limited seating available
Debate will air at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 on HCAM – Channel 8 (Comcast) Channel 30 (Verizon)
Tune in to see the candidates answer questions about critical issues facing Hopkinton. Learn where each candidate stands on these issues and be an informed voter on May 19.

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Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

State of the Town – April 30th FCC 7:45 a.m.

State of the Town
Wednesday April 30, 2008 at 7:45 AM
First Congregational Church – 146 East Main St. – Hopkinton

Hosted by NSTAR

This program should prove to be an informative lead up to Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting set to convene on May 5, 2008 at 7 PM. If you are interested in the state of Hopkinton’s fiscal affairs you won’t want to miss this event.

You will leave with a clearer understanding of the town’s current fiscal situation as well as upcoming challenges and opportunities that will have an impact on our future.

You will also hear details pertaining to the proposed zoning changes, which will enable Boulder Capital to move forward with their Legacy Farms plan. The Zoning Advisory Committee and the Planning Board recommended changes will be voted on during the Annual Town Meeting.

Presenters will include:

  • Anthony Troiano Hopkinton Town Manager
  • Heidi Kriger Chief Financial Officer
  • Jack Phelan Superintendent of Schools
  • Stephen Zieff Legacy Farms
  • Scott Richardson Principal, Gorman Richardson Architects

Reserve your seat via e-mail to geri@hopkinton.org or tkilduff@att.net or by calling 508-435-0949

Continental breakfast will be available at 7:30 AM
Program will begin at 8 AM

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Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

HCAM rebroadcast of the 4/9/08 HPTA State of the Schools Forum

On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, the HPTA hosted the State of the Schools Forum LIVE on HCAM. School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Phelan gave a presentation regarding the current state of the Hopkinton Public School System.

Topics covered during the forum included:

  • FY’09 School Budget
  • Town Meeting Warrant Article regarding the Center School Feasibility Study
  • Foreign Language Instruction
  • Technology in the Schools

The STATE OF THE SCHOOLS FORUM will be REBROADCAST on HCAM 8 (Verizon Channel 30) on the following days at the following times:

Wednesday, April 16th 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17th 5:30 a.m.

EducateHopkinton encourages you to tune in (or DVR the rebroadcast) so that you can educate yourself and your friends.

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Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

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Go online to www.educatehopkinton.com for the following information:

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We encourage you to share this email with your friends so that they can keep up to date with information as the 2008 Town Meeting, Special Town Meeting and the Town Election approach.

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State of the Schools Forum

State of the Schools Forum
Wednesday, April 9, 8:00 PM
Live on HCAM-TV – Comcast Channel 8 – Verizon Channel 30

On Wednesday, April 9, the HPTA will host the State of the Schools Forum. It will be held at HCAM studios at 8 pm and will be broadcast live. The forum is open to the public.

School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Phelan will give a presentation regarding the current state of the Hopkinton Public School System.

If you have questions or concerns relate to the FY09 School Budget that you would like to have addressed at the forum, please send them to Jean Bertschmann at jeanber65@hotmail.com.

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Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process
and the Town’s financial needs.