Proposed $6.18M municipal budget to go to public hearing

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JAY — Selectmen approved a $6.18 million budget for 2010-11 to go to voters in June. The proposal goes to a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at a meeting place to be determined.

After anticipated revenues of $2.7 million are factored in, it would leave a net municipal budget of $3.4 million to be paid for through tax commitment, according to Town Manager Ruth Cashman. This does not include tax assessments for school or the town’s share of Franklin County government.

Selectmen and the Budget Committee reviewed the initial proposed $5.88 million municipal budget on March 29 and 30. It would be a decrease from the current budget.

After discussion between town officials and residents, it was agreed there would be a separate article on the warrant to go before voters for $326,000 to pay for curbside trash pickup. Selectmen drafted their initial proposal without funding the program, essentially eliminating it.

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Last year, more additional anticipated revenues were calculated into the budget than the current year. Some of that was due to $450,000 being put in from the town’s undesignated surplus account to cover six months of an 18-month Franklin County budget. The county converted to a fiscal year of July 1 through June 30, rather than January through December.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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