Thursday, March 14, 2013

"boring in a good way"

The Milford Daily News reports on the first budget hearing Wednesday:
It’s an absolute pleasure to present a level-service budget that does not reduce any services, both on the municipal and the school side," Nutting said. 
However, he took a more ominous tone looking into the town’s future, saying Franklin faces "huge challenges," both in managing an $85 million Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) burden and dealing with a tremendous backlog of road improvements that will cost an estimated $45 million. 
Flanked by comptroller Susan Gagner and treasurer/collector James Dacey Jr., Nutting addressed the Finance Committee during the first of two hearings this week on the proposed fiscal 2014 budget of $95.1 million.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1433796381/Franklin-Finance-Committee-holds-first-round-of-budget-hearings#ixzz2NVNnT0cT

Note: According to my notes and conversation with Jim Dacey, the contract for the online billing service is out for bid currently. The service is expected to begin in July with Water/Sewer bills. Property taxes would be introduced for online billing in November.

For a more complete reporting on the hearing including a link to the a summary view of the budget document itself follow this link:  http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/03/live-reporting-finance-committee-mar-13.html