Category Archives: Town Meeting 2014

Town Manager’s Budget – Net Tax Impact of +2.5%

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On February 25, the Town Manager presented his recommended FY15 budget to the Selectmen. The total recommended town operating budget (including a 4.91% increase for the schools) was a 4.8% increase. The Selectmen will deliberate on the budget and then either adopt or amend the Town Manager’s budget, and submit it to the Appropriation Committee by the March 15 deadline.

Tax Impact: Thanks to new growth in town the Town Manager’s recommended budget would only have a 2.5% net tax increase and would NOT require an override vote. However, the Selectmen may still amend the budget, so stayed tuned for updated info. Selectmen even suggested the possibility of an “under-ride” vote to eliminate part or all of our town’s excess levy capacity. At the end of the current Fiscal Year 2013-14, Hopkinton is projected to have $2,170,488 in excess levy capacity. See the Town Manager’s Recommended Budget PDF for more info.

DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR REFERENCE:

Upcoming SELECTMEN BUDGET MEETINGS:

Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30pm
@ Fire Station Training Room

Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30pm
@ Town Hall, Room 215

Proposed Zoning Bylaw and Zoning Map Amendments – Public Hearing 3/10

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The Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on March 10 at 7:45 PM in the Town Hall on proposed changes to the town zoning bylaws and the zoning map. The following at the items to be discussed. See pdf file for full details.

  • Medical Marijuana Dispensaries – Among other things, it is proposed that these not be placed near schools or other places where children congregate.
  • Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Proposed changes to the Legacy Farms OSMUD including the number of affordable housing units.
  • Downtown Business District lot area – Change minimum lot area to 7,000 square feet.
  • Downtown Business District/Residence A District boundary line – Proposed changes the zoning district of the some downtown parcels. See list and map in pdf.
  • Floodplain District Modifications
  • Repeal Subdivision Phasing bylaw
  • Proposed Zoning Bylaw and Zoning Map Amendments 2/14/14 (PDF)

Town Election Season Has Begun – Save the Dates

Many seats are open for our local town election coming up on May 19, 2014. The following is a list of positions on the ballot as well as important upcoming election dates. To become a candidate a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or  geri@hopkintonma.gov. Click to read more on the Town Clerk’s website.

OFFICES ON THE MAY 19 BALLOT

  • SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
  • CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 2
  • PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 1
  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 Continue reading Town Election Season Has Begun – Save the Dates