Monday, April 1, 2013
It's all here to ponder and pontificate upon: the meals tax, capital plans ... and the budget.
Town Administrator John Coderre, in his annual presentation of the upcoming fiscal budget, stressed the transparent nature of Northborough government. If it affects the resident, it is available to the public. As part of his report for perhaps the last eight meetings, Selectman Jeff Amberson reminded townspeople to plan on Town Meeting. Get out and vote, and make it count. The annual Town Meeting is Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Algonquin Regional High School. And to do this, it's important to be familiar with the warrant articles, which were approved by Board of Selectmen last week. This year's warrant articles, and there are 50, include: To view all of the warrant articles in full, click here.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Officials present a budget that is a little more than 4 percent increase over last year.
OPEB is coming. OPEB is coming. OPEB stands for "Other Post Employment Benefits," and it means that Northborough will join the commonwealth in a retiree benefit liability in years to come. It is unavoidable, mandated, and to the tune of nearly $30 million. Coderre is hoping the town will support a meals and hotel tax to help, in part, fund the mandate. OPEB is one of the many moving pieces, both predictable and completely the opposite, that reflect Town Administrator John Coderre and his financial team's approach to a balanced budget, which he presented on Monday night at the Board of Selectmen meeting. Coderre, in this joint public hearing with the Appropriations Committee, proposed a FY2014 budget of $51,802,233, a 4.6 percent increase …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Superintendent Charles Gobron presented a preliminary budget Wednesday.
Friday, January 4
The budget for Northborough's K-8 schools could increase by as much as $1 million for FY2014, according to a presentation given by Superintendent of Schools Charles Gobron, reported the Northborough Daily Voice. Gobron presented on Wednesday the preliminary budget, which shows a 4.97 percent increase from FY2013. The increases include employee contracts and extra staffing for ELL and special education, reported the Daily Voice, and also reflect a loss in grant funding.