The Regional School Committee approved a budget of $19,240,779, which marks an increase of $715,363 over FY2013, or 3.86 percent. But why did Northborough's assessment skyrocket this year?
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The assessment from the state for the high school came in higher than expected, but better now than last year.
With more mandates, but shrinking federal funds, town budgets are now more than ever at the mercy of a number of determinants to plan its pending fiscal year budget. Higher assessments are never met with cheers, but Town Administrator said the higher-than-expected assessment for Algonquin Regional High School came at a relatively good time, considering. "There's no way to dance around it," said Coderre at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting. "It's [the Algonquin assessment] is up about 10 percent ... 9.98 percent." Superintendent of Schools Charles Gobron said at a school committee meeting that the assessment burden has shifted from Southborough to Northborough, reported The Northborough Daily Voice, and that the state increased its …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The DPW is in the process of assessing the roads in town to come up with a maintenance and rehabilitation plan for them.
The DPW is currently in the process of having the town's 90 miles of road inventoried and assessed based on pavement type, condition, geometry, funcional classification and other characteristics. "This information will then be used to formulate a pavement maintenance and rehabilitation plan with the goal of maximizing the value and lifespan of Northborough’s streets," said Dan Nason, DPW director. "What this means for the residents in town is that we will take a realistic and non-biased approach to street improvements." The streets that will receive attention first, he said, will be based on the results of this critical evalution, as well as other important program needs of the town. The entire process, said Nason, can take between four to…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
After Algonquin received more state aid than it had anticipated, Northborough and Southborough got a refund.
For the first time in five years, Algonquin Regional High School received more in state aid than it had anticipated, resulting in a refund of $117,000 to Northborough and Southborough. Since Chapter 70 money (state aid for schools) is released sometimes long after the budget for the fiscal year is created, the budget usually includes an anticipated Chapter 70 figure. Since state funding exceeded expectations, assessments for Northborough and Southborough were reduced to reflect that in the FY2013 budget. A refund of $117,564 was due back; that means $67,098 to Northborough and $50,556 to Southborough. "This is just so unusual, and hasn't happened since 2007," said Superintendent Charles Gobron. "According to regulations, we are obligated …