Showing posts with label budget hearing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label budget hearing. Show all posts

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Finance Committee closes out budget hearing series with FPS and Tri-County Q&A, vote to approve budget

FM #796 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 796 in the series.
 
This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee budget hearing #3 for the FY 2023 Town of Franklin budget held on Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 7 members of the Finance Committee were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 1 member was remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. 
  • Chair Bill Dowd opens the Finance Committee, 8 members participating (although by time of vote 1 member had left leaving a 7 member vte). This is the last of three sessions on the FY 2023 budget
  • This session covered Franklin Public Schools, Tri-County Regional Voc Tech and Norfolk Agricultural. Representatives from the first two schools were present for the discussion and Q&A. 
  • Interesting questions for both schools. More interesting for the future will be what will happen with the Tri-County feasibility study underway. As a regional school, the approval process for a new school is complex. There is also not a lot of history/precedent for such. Stay tuned as this could get interesting with 11 communities involved.
  • The budget as recommended and presented ultimately passed unanimously 7-0
The recording runs about an hour and eighteen minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting May 12, 2022.

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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L - R: Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Dan Hanes, Tri-County Supt K McGuire; Tri-County SchCmte member Dr Peter Wernicke
L - R: Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Dan Hanes, Tri-County Supt K McGuire; Tri-County SchCmte member Dr Peter Wernicke

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Finance Committee hears budgets for public safety & public works and good news on AAA bond rating achieved (audio)

FM #795 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 795 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee budget hearing #2 for the FY 2023 Town of Franklin budget held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 7 members of the Finance Committee were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 1 member was announced as expecting to join via remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. 

  • Chair Bill Dowd opens the Finance Committee, 7 members participating. This is the second of three sessions on the FY 2023 budget

  • This session covered public safety: police fire, and dispatch as well as public works the DPW divisions and the enterprise accounts for water, sewer, and solid waste

  • Each department was reviewed, some were straight forward, some had minor increases or adjustments. For example, 2 positions previously cut in last year's budget were restored in this year's budget for the DPW

  • The big news coming from the night was the announcement that the Town had achieved a AAA bond rating. This is a significant achievement and will help the Town save money on all future borrowing requirements

The recording runs about an hour and forty minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting May 11, 2022.

Audio file ->  https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-795-finance-cmte-fy-2023-budget-hearing-2-05-11-22

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Meeting agenda =>   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/_2022-05-11_finance_committee_agenda_.pdf 

FY 2023 budget package => https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/webforms/fy-23-budget-materials 

Link to Finance Committee => https://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee 


My notes for the meeting =>  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SERBrhfi0U1eOLfFR6GWHkcl07UiazpH/view?usp=sharing 


YouTube recording => https://youtu.be/zqiyIdFy8ik 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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Finance Committee hears budgets for public safety & public works and good news on AAA bond rating achieved (audio)
Finance Committee hears budgets for public safety & public works and good news on AAA bond rating achieved (audio)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Finance Committee - Budget Hearing #2 - Public Safety & Public Works (video)

The Finance Committee meeting was broadcast, live steamed, and available via either of the cable channels (Comcast & Verizon), as well as broadcast to YouTube. The YouTube recording is now available for replay.  

YouTube link -> https://youtu.be/zqiyIdFy8ik

My recap will be ready in a day or so. In the meantime, my Twitter notes can be found (in one PDF doc) ->    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SERBrhfi0U1eOLfFR6GWHkcl07UiazpH/view?usp=sharing


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Finance Committee: Budget Hearing #3 - Education & Budget Vote - May 12, 2022 - 6:30 PM

 Finance Committee 
Meeting Agenda & Meeting Packet 
Thursday, May 12, 2022  - 6:30 PM


Agenda

1. Call to Order

2. Public Comments

3. Approval of Minutes

4. FY23 Town Administrator Operating Budget Hearing continued...
FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website

a. Education:
i. 300 Franklin Public School District
ii. 390 Tri-County Regional Vocational School District
iii. 395 Norfolk County Agricultural School

5. FY23 Town Administrator Operating & Enterprise Budget Final Recommendation.

6. Future Agenda Items

7. Adjourn


The agenda document includes remote connection info ->


Finance Committee - Budget Hearing #1 - General Government (video)

The Finance Committee meeting was broadcast, live steamed, and available via either of the cable channels (Comcast & Verizon), as well as broadcast to YouTube. The YouTube recording is now available for replay.  

YouTube link -> https://youtu.be/iXCn6jBND1U

My Twitter notes (in one PDF doc) ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZEDkgsyqARABbLEuDz0RoYIOIAHPFYh/view?usp=sharing

Finance Committee - Budget Hearing #1 - General Government (video)
Finance Committee - Budget Hearing #1 - General Government (video)


Finance Committee opens the FY 2023 budget hearing week with first session on general government (audio)

FM #791 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 791 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee budget hearing #1 for the FY 2023 Town of Franklin budget held on Monday, May 9, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 8 members of the Finance Committee were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 1 member was remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. 

  • Chair Bill Dowd opens the Finance Committee, 9 members participating (1 remote, hence roll call votes req'd). This is the first of three sessions on the FY 2023 budget

  • The FinCom heard the proposal for the second pass on the FY 22 capital plan, and moved to approve as put forward to recommend to the Town Council. Vote was 9-0 via roll call

  • Town Administrator Jamie Hellen provides a brief overview of the revenue summary, referring to the budget narrative to be read for additional details.

  • Each department item for the General Government was reviewed, some were straight forward, some had minor increases or adjustments. For example, three of the permitting staff were previously in one budget and now allocated out to the individual departments so those adjustments appeared.

The recording runs about an hour and twenty minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting May 9, 2022.

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-791-finance-cmte-fy-2023-budget-hearing-1-05-09-22

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Meeting agenda =>    https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/_2022-05-09_finance_committee_agenda_1.pdf

Link to Finance Committee => https://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee 

My notes for the meeting =>  https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZEDkgsyqARABbLEuDz0RoYIOIAHPFYh/view?usp=sharing 

YouTube recording => https://youtu.be/iXCn6jBND1U 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Finance Committee opens the FY 2023 budget hearing week with first session on general government (audio)
Finance Committee opens the FY 2023 budget hearing week with first session on general government (audio)

Monday, May 9, 2022

Finance Committee: Budget Hearing #2 - Public Safety & Public Works - May 11, 2022 - 6:30 PM

Finance Committee - Budget Hearing #2
May 11, 2022 - 6:30 PM 
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


 
Agenda
1. Call to Order

2. Public Comments

3. Approval of Minutes

4. FY23 Town Administrator Operating Budget Hearing Continued...
FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website

a. Public Safety:
i. 210 Police Department
ii. 220 Fire Department
iii. 225 Regional Dispatch
iv. 240 Inspection Department
v. 292 Animal Control
b. Department of Public Works (DPW):
i. 422 Public Works
ii. 424 Street Lighting
iii. Enterprise Funds:
1. 450 Water
2. 440 Sewer
3. 434 Solid Waste

5. Future Agenda Items

6. Adjourn

Agenda doc with remote connection info ->


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Finance Committee: Budget Hearing #1 - General Government - May 9, 2022 - 6:30 PM

Finance Committee 
Meeting Agenda & Meeting Packet 
Monday, May 9, 2022  - 6:30 PM
 
Agenda
1. Call to Order

2. Public Comments

3. Approval of Minutes
a. March 9, 2022

4. 2022 Capital Budget Round 2

5. FY23 Town Administrator Operating Budget Hearing:

FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website
a. General Government - Accounts 111 Town Council, 123 Town Administrator, 131 Finance Committee, 135 Comptroller, 141 Assessors, 147 Treasurer-Collector, 151 Legal, 152 Human Resources, 155 Information Technology, 161 Town Clerk, 164 Elections & Registration, 176 Appeals Board (ZBA), 177 Planning & Growth Management, 184 Agricultural Commission, 192 Public Properties & Buildings, 196 Central Services

b. Human Services - 510 Board of Health, 541 Council on Aging, 543 Veterans Services

c. Culture & Recreation - 610 Library, 630 Recreation, 690 Historical Museum, 691 Historical Commission, 695 Cultural Council, 696 Cultural District Committee.

d. Debt & Interest - 710 Debt Service - Principal, 750 Debt Service - Interest

e. Employee Benefits: 910 Retirement & Pension, 945 Risk Management (Liability Insurance)

6. Future Agenda Items

7. Adjourn



FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website
FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Town of Franklin Budget Cycle & Financial Terms - 04/14/22 (audio)

FM #780 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 780 in the series. 


This shares my conversation with Town of Franklin Finance Director/Comptroller Chris Sandini and Treasurer/Collector Kerri Bertone. We had this conversation in the Franklin studio on Thursday, April 14, 2022.  


We cover the following key topics

A typical day for Finance Director/Comptroller

A typical day for Treasurer//Collector

The budget cycle, and fiscal year (July to June)

Three financial years; past, current, and future all in the mix


Our conversation runs about 62 minutes. Links to the documents referenced during this meeting are included in the show notes.  Let’s listen to this recording of my conversation with Kerri and Chris. 


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-780-town-of-franklin-budget-cycle-finance-terms-04-14-22



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Town of Franklin budget page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget 


Budget process low chart -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/new_budget_process.pdf 


MA Division of Local Services (DLS) Municipal Finance Glossary -> https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/qc/dlsmfgl.pdf 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters" 


Town of Franklin budget cycle
Town of Franklin budget cycle

FY23 Budget Materials Now Available to prepare for FinCom budget hearings in May

FY23 Budget Materials Now Available!

The FY2023 Town of Franklin budget materials are now available online here: https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/webforms/fy-23-budget-materials

Shared from Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/fy23-budget-materials-now-available

The Finance Committee budget hearings are scheduled for May 9, 11 & 12.


FY23 Budget Materials Now Available!
FY23 Budget Materials Now Available!

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Engaging in critical conversations and the budget season are 2 big topics for this "Talk Franklin" episode - 03/25/22 (audio)

FM #760 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 760 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. We had our conversation via the Zoom Conference Bridge.


Conversation around the following topics: 

Community engagement/discussion this week

Critical Conversations - social media

Franklin Newcomers - Jamie & Sara

 

Budget season

FY 2023 budget model previewed at Joint Budget Subcommittee

School budget hearing held 3/22, vote scheduled for April 12 meeting

FinCom budget hearings over 4 nights May 9-12

Town Council budget hearings 2 nights May 25-26

 

Franklin For All  - survey open through April 1


The recording runs about 22 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie as we “Talk Franklin”. Audio file -> https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Talks-on-the-Town---Franklin-Newcomers--Critical-Conversations-and-Budget-Season-e1ge4i7/a-a7lmths



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Town of Franklin meeting calendar -> https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar 


Franklin For All survey -> https://mapc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDBzodBPnt8a5Ce  

Franklin For All web page -> https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/ 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Engaging in critical conversations and the budget season are 2 big topics for this "Talk Franklin" episode - 03/25/22 (audio)
Engaging in critical conversations and the budget season are 2 big topics for this "Talk Franklin" episode - 03/25/22 (audio)