Archive for April 16th, 2011

April 16th, 2011

Town Budget Hearings… and I-Pad Discussion – on Ch. 96

by LonSeidman

The Town Council is both the Wolcott’s legislative body and finance board. As they work towards a June deadline to set the 2011-2012 mill rate, the Council is holding budget hearings with each town department throughout April. The Town’s budget is about $49 million and these hearings assist both Council members and the public to understand each line item therein. It is gone through a fine toothed comb as each department gives justification for its request.

Council members often ask for simple clarifications for what particular line items include. (For example “what is included in a ‘contracted services’ line?) Other questions often revolve on why a department is over or under performing compared to past performance. Sometimes special requests are made, such as paving expenses to the public works department.

This week’s presentation is being aired on Channel 96 today. It includes the following departments:

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