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FY'20:  Weston Budget Process, now over, as described by LWV of Weston publication
What is the FY'20 final number (s) for Westonites?
MIL RATE 32.37, COLLECTION RATE 98%


        

CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE:   Three parts - Boards of Ed and Selectmen, Board of Finance and ATBM/Referendum



MACHINE VOTE MAY 4th 12 noon to 8pm, Town Hall.  Town 371-162, School 332-202, Capital Budget 370-162 - all over except setting of mil rate
NO QUORUM (101 present) for A.T.B.M. APRIL 24, 2019, 8pm, WESTON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM




REDUCTIONS TO ALL PARTS OF FY'20 BUDGET AT "DELIBERATION" MEETING;  POLICE OVERTIME, TRUCK, W.M.S. GYM FLOOR
Town Budget - $15,000 cut (police budget).  $13,452,745 final number
School Budget - $393,000 cut.  $53,073,710 final number
Capital Budget Town - "'tires slashed" (proverbially) - no new 3 axle truck replacement - $470,300 final number
Capital Budget School - $28,000 W.M.S. gym floor cut.  $1,356,129 final number
Not discussed but mentioned:  Upcoming expense for septic repair, maintenance of plant in light of future Plan (a few years away).


DELIBERATION MEETING AGENDA:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/BoardofFinanceagenda4-2-19.pdf
Please note that this meeting is posted as a "special" Board of Finance meeting and begins at 7pm with an executive session on school security.

  
 


  
PUBLIC NOTICE:  Board of Finance Public Hearing - Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 8:00 p.m, Weston Middle School Library.  OVER NOW


SUMMARY OF WHAT WE HEARD AND OBSERVED
Approach last year of treating this as a truly "public hearing" worked then and this time, as well.  Final word from Finance Chair. re:  what each citizen can do


THE CONNECTICUT LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2019-2021 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND LINKS...
Senator Haskell: 6 Committees - Environment, GAE, Higher Education (Senate Chair). Human Services, Judiciary, Transportation
Senator Hwang: 4 Committees (Ranking Member on 3) - Higher Education, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation
Representative Hughes: 3 Committees - Aging, Human Services, Insurance & Real Estate

Board of Finance implores residents to contact legislators who have power to act in behalf of Weston.
See Board of Finance page for more...

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BOARD OF FINANCE REVIEW OVER

BUDGET PROCESS...BOARD OF FINANCE review, Public Hearing and action dates



FINANCE REVIEW OF SELECTMEN (MONDAY MARCH 4)
Should be interesting...and perhaps instructive of any direction to be taken elsewhere...

WE FOUND OUT FROM 3 SOURCES NOW THAT THE LIBRARY RECEIVED A POSITIVE 8-24 AT P&Z (conflict with.

(R) New Canaan Tea House - watercolor M.S. Wirtenberg
Time for another "Tea Party?"  And we're referring to the pre-American Revolution Boston Tea Party,




FINANCE REVIEW OF EDUCATION (WEDNESDAY MARCH 6)

Finance Board MARCH 6, 2019:  To be continued?  Nope!


     
We left at 9:35pm, when some school administrators did...
Bottom line:  Nobody likes it.  Board of Education won't budge.  Probably will continue Thursday with detailed review - nope!!!.

         
Are some thinking of suggesting selling tickets to the Board of Finance Public Hearing March 26th?  How about the "Deliberation Meeting" in MSG?
Finance takes a close look (but not too close...).  Board of Ed called on what they have achieved in keeping cost steady at 2% and the answer was make that 4% (my version of the answer). 
BACKGROUND READING:
FROM KEN DIXON:  https://www.ctpost.com/politics/article/One-percent-tax-would-hit-one-percenters-hardest-13665808.php





BUDGET PROCESS (Town side includes CAPITAL BUDGET):






Is the Weston Board of Finance up to dealing with the various threats?  Governor explains the need to do something to improve transportation at warp speed. 
We note that the Administration has issued this memo:  https://www.westonps.org/uploaded/documents/Central_Office/19_20Budget/BOE_FY20_Reductions_Memo_012219_(3).pdf








SCHOOL BUDGET CALENDAR
ESTABLISH STUDENT VOLUNTEER CORPS FOR CREDIT?  Just our idea! 
First we've seen of Education budget - new course proposed on government/politics/civics or whatever (full year).  About Town hopes someone might ask about involvement of juniors and senior in how a town budget is developed!  And fwiw, how local government works.

PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET
Some things will change, but Board of Education issuing their budget as early as possible.  We note that Weston-Today will have a report or two or three...on the Education Budget before it arrives at either the Board of Selectmen, who cannot take action on it, or the Board of Finance who, after their own Public Hearing, can.

THE FINAL BOARD OF EDUCATION BUDGET AND VOTE
We note that the Administration had issued this memo suggesting place to cut: 
https://www.westonps.org/uploaded/documents/Central_Office/19_20Budget/BOE_FY20_Reductions_Memo_012219_(3).pdf

POWER POINT:  https://www.westonps.org/uploaded/FY_20_Budget_Presentatio

Board of Education approves a FY'20 budget.1-24-19..




 


First Selectman's Budget Message

TOWN BUDGET REVIEW SCHEDULE
This is the process we watch as closely as possible.  Both Town and School Capital Projects included here.  Board of Selectmen adopt their budget Feb. 11, 2019.  3.3% increase.

SUMMARY OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S BUDGET
First Selectman's Budget becomes thr Board of Selectmen's Budget after a vote.

Graphic comparison between Town and School budgets




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WATCH OUT WESTON...


Elsewhere means other school districts as well as other levels of governments.

Westport:  https://westportnow.com/index.php?/v3/comments/board_of_ed_reviews_proposed_budget/#more
Shelton Mayor says no increase:  https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Lauretti-No-increase-for-Shelton-schools-13564207.php
At Council of Small Towns:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/01/16/lawmakers-renew-teacher-pension-cost-sharing-debate/
Norwalk School Board cut request to only 6%:  https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Norwalk-school-board-approves-202-million-budget-13538878.php
More Greenwich (2% increase projected for School Budget): 
https://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/School-board-approves-budget-after-1-million-cut-13482681.php
Greenwich looking to big increase (for them):  https://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Greenwich-could-face-sharp-tax-hike-13323041.php


Based upon our back of the napkin calculation, a "mil" is...move the decimal place to the left by 3.  Which for Weston 2019 is $2.3 million (approx.).