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Budget Meetings Now Set for Wednesday

February 22, 2016 Budget, Government, Schools No Comments

Please note the Board of Education meeting is now postponed to Wednesday and will now take place at the high school. 

Those interested in commenting on the proposed education or general government budgets will have the chance to do so this week.

The boards of Education and Selectmen will both hold budget meetings this week as they peruse proposals from School Superintendent Kevin D. Case and town Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner. Generally those boards will make some changes before adopting a proposal that will then be forwarded to the Board of Finance.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Board of Education will host a meeting which includes a public hearing on Case’s proposed 2016-2017 budget of of $25,422,314, a $520,518, or 2.09 percent increase over approved 2015-2016 spending levels. The meeting takes place at Canton High School.

Earlier in the day, Case will hold budget informational sessions  – slated for 10 a.m. at the Community Center and 2 p.m. at Cherry Brook Primary School. … Continue Reading

Canton Superintendent Proposes $25.4 Million School Budget

February 12, 2016 Budget, Government, Schools No Comments

logoCanton Schools Superintendent Kevin D. Case has proposed a 2016-2017 budget of $25,422,314, a $520,518, or 2.09 percent increase over approved 2015-2016 spending levels.

In presenting the budget to the Board of Education Thursday night Case said the district prepared the budget realizing that there are many needs in town that could affect taxpayers.

“This has been one of the most challenging budgets I’ve ever had to put together,” Case said. … Continue Reading

Canton CAO Officer Proposes 2016-2017 Budget of $10,367,268

February 5, 2016 Budget, Government No Comments

logoCanton Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner has proposed $10,367,268 budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The number, if adopted, represents an increase of 3.85 percent or $384,453 over the current approved budget of $9,982,815.

“As always the budget tries to balance the needs of Town government with the tax payers ability to pay,” Skinner stated in a message to Compass. “The emphasis is on maintaining core services, continuing pavement management, upgrading emergency medical services including paramedic services and the purchase of a new ambulance and finally adopting online services in both the Tax Office and Land Use Department, which will make operations more user friendly for the public and more efficient for staff. ”

Next week – on Feb. 8. 9 and 10 – the Board of Selectmen will begin reviewing the budget. Meetings take place at 6 p.m. at the Community Center.

School Superintendent Kevin D. Case is also expected to release his proposed budget early next week.

See more on Skinner’s budget below or at http://www.townofcantonct.org/filestorage/19188/19198/FY_2016-2017_Chief_Administrative_Officer’s_Preliminary_Draft_Budget.pdf

See more on Skinner’s

Canton Voters Approve 2015-2016 Spending Plan

Election officials tally the vote Monday night.

Election officials tally the vote Monday night.

Canton electors overwhelmingly approved the town’s 2015-2016 spending plan at town meeting on Monday night.

With 153 yes votes, 7 no, and one abstention, voters approved a 2015-2016 budget of $36,834,299, a 2.8 increase in spending.

The meeting included some remarks by town officials but no public comment.

That plan was brought to the voters by the board of finance, which trimmed $100,000 each from the school and government side budgets.

For more on the budget, see the town’s mailer or read coverage in this week’s Valley Press.

 

On Thursday, Public Has Chance to Weigh in on Initial Budget Proposals

February 18, 2015 Budget, Government, Schools No Comments

On Thursday evening, the public has the chance to weigh in on initial school and general government budget proposals.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Board of Selectmen will meet to continue its discussion of Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner’s proposed general government 2015-2016 budget of $10,123,880, which would be a 4.8 percent or $464,268, increase over the approved 2014-2015 budget of $9,660,612. … Continue Reading

Road Maintenance Is A Major Emphasis in CAO’s Proposed 2015-2016 Budget

February 6, 2015 Budget, Government No Comments

logoRoad maintenance is a major focus in Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner’s proposed $10,123,880 general government budget for 2015-2016.

The proposal, which includes the Board of Selectmen and town capital improvements budgets, would be a 4.8 percent or $464,268, increase over the approved 2014-2015 budget of $9,660,612. … Continue Reading

Low Turnout At Canton Budget Referendum (UPDATED)

May 20, 2014 Budget, Government No Comments

IMG_1049Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, just 155 people, or 2.28 percent of qualified electors, had voted in Canton’s budget referendum.

By 8 p.m. the budget passed 271 to 75 — by just 5 percent of the 6,791 eligible electors.

Voting for Canton’s 2014-2015 budget takes place at Town Hall through 8 p.m.

“We’re hoping for a larger turnout after people get home from work,” said registrar Jack Miner.

The proposed budget of $35,830,893 represents a 2.18 percent increase in spending. Officials said the “average” owner of a home assessed at $238,832 would be $14.

Canton’s Annual Budget Meeting Set for Monday, May 12, 2014

May 11, 2014 Budget, Government No Comments

The town will host its annual budget meeting in the Canton Middle/High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday night. … Continue Reading

Canton’s 2014-2015 Budget Proposal Headed to Referendum

April 25, 2014 Budget, Government No Comments
While George Murtha looks on, Vas Pechenuk signs a petition to bring the budget to referendum.

While George Murtha looks on, Vas Pechenuk signs a petition to bring the budget to referendum.

By John Fitts 

The town’s 2014-2015 annual budget will be decided at referendum.

On Friday morning, town Clerk Linda Smith confirmed that residents George Murtha and David Gilchrist had collected in excess of the 150 valid voter signatures to trigger a referendum — a day-long machine vote on the spending plan.

The town will still hold its annual budget meeting at 7 p.m. on May 12, which will then adjourn to a May 20 referendum. It will be held in the Town Hall auditorium from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. … Continue Reading

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