Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Committee on Appropriations presents a Barrington spending plan for next year at the annual budget hearing; there are now two weeks to comment on it before the Financial Town Meeting.
As expected, Barrington’s number crunchers are proposing a budget for next year that boosts taxes by around 1 percent. The spending plan does propose giving owners of older cars a slight tax break, which will be offset by a slight increase in property taxes across the board. The proposed 2013-2014 budget also proposes floating up to a $4 million bond to fix roads, which boosts taxes because of more than $300,000 in debt service added into the municipal budget. The Committee on Appropriations presented its budget proposal Wednesday evening at the annual hearing in the middle school on Barrington’s spending for schools, municipal services and capital expenses in fiscal year 2014. That $63.5 million proposed budget could change at the …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The two Barrington boards cannot reach common ground on a proposed increase in school spending for next year, so it's on to the Financial Town Meeting.
The Committee on Appropriations bumped heads with the School Committee over the proposed school budget for next year one last time on Thursday night. It was a session that ended with frowns on all faces. The boards could not reach common ground on a proposed budget increase to take before the Financial Town Meeting in about three weeks. The COA has proposed a $900,000 boost – much less than the $1.675 the School Committee proposed before a new teachers’ contract was approved a few days ago. That contract will now shave about a half million dollars from the original School Committee request. But that still leaves about a $300,000 gap. The COA actually upped its proposed boost in spending to $1.1 million during the meeting -- but contingent…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Barrington School Committee and the Committee on Appropriations meet in Town Hall to review the proposed school operating budget for next year, which makes up 70 percent of all spending.
The School Committee meets in its annual joint session with the Committee on Appropriations tonight to discuss the proposed 2013-14 operating budget for the Barrington schools. The joint meeting starts at 7 pm in the School Committee Meeting Room in Town Hall. The proposed school budget for next year is $46.18 million or 3.7 percent more in spending than this year -- about $1.46 million. The spending plan creates a $1.05 million impact on Barrington taxpayers or a 2.37 percent boost in local contribution. State aid for next year is estimated at $984,000. The budget, of course, is still a work in progress because of contract negotiations with the teachers’ union – although an estimated amount for salaries and benefits is already built into …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr. releases the proposed 2013-14 budget for Barrington; it goes now to the appropriations committee.
A proposed Barrington budget for the next fiscal year shows a 2 percent tax hike. Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr. released the proposed 2013-14 spending plan on Monday to the Town Council and the Committee on Appropriations. It totals $59.83 million or a 1.68 percent boost in spending over this year. The spending plan shows a $16.7 million municipal operating budget – or .59 percent higher than this year. “Continuing the strong cost-effective delivery of municipal services is a credit to strong leadership and quality employess,” said the town manager. The plan shows a local share for school spending of $42.2 million – or 2.57 percent higher than this year. “School expenditures are not subject to the manager’s review,” DeAngelis said. “…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Barrington Town Council, School Committee and Committee on Appropriations hold a joint meeting of the minds that got testy over slow start of bargaining with teachers' union.
They didn’t agree on a way to deal with Barrington’s 800-pound gorilla Monday evening. But they did give the Ad Hoc Budget Forecast Committee an additional charge to come up with ways to share services and resources to save money. The gorilla is the teachers’ contract, which makes up the majority of Barrington’s operating budget. It ignited some sniping from the Committee on Appropriations at the joint session with the School Committee and Town Council in Town Hall. “I am very concerned that you won’t be far enough along" about bargaining that has just gotten underway, said Kathy Cadigan, chair of the appropriations committee. In past years, Cadigan said, negotiations got started much earlier in the budget season. The appropriations …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Barrington Town Council, School Committee and Committee on Appropriations will talk about the teachers' contract, the middle school and regionalizing municipal services.
Three of Barrington's most powerful government entities meet tonight, Jan. 28, in a joint session in Town Hall. The Town Council, the School Committee and the Committe on Appropriations meet in the Council Chamber. The joint session starts at 7 pm. Some significant items are on the agenda. Contracts for teachers and municipal employees, for instance. Compensation for the teachers makes up more than 85 percent of the school budget, which makes up more than 70 percent of the town operating budget. Then there is the Barrington Middle School. Building a new school is less expensive than refurbishing the existing structure, according to analysis by an architectural consultant. Sharing municipal services also is on the agenda. Where could …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The deadline to serve on four Barrington boards has come and gone without an application for any of the positions, including the town's budget-shaping Committee on Appropriations.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- William Rupp
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Last week's deadline to apply to serve on Barrington’s Committee on Appropriations has come and gone with no volunteers stepping forth to serve on the board that shapes the annual budget for the Financial Town Meeting. What to do? The town's ordinances indicate only that the Town Council is to appoint a member to fill the vacancy. And the councilors prefer to do that after someone has applied, according to Linda James, Town Clerk. The CoA includes 5 members. There is one vacancy. A volunteer is needed to fill a term that would run through the Financial Town Meeting next year. The position description: “Qualified candidate would perform detailed reviews of proposed annual school, municipal and capital budgets, meet with school and town …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Committee on Appropriations presents a $61.9 million spending plan for Barrington schools, municipal services and capital projects that calls for no increase in the tax rate.
Expect no tax hike in Barrington this year -- maybe. The Committee on Appropriations presented a no-tax-hike budget proposal Wednesday evening at the annual hearing on Barrington’s spending for schools, municipal services and capital expenses in fiscal year 2013. That $61.9 million proposed budget could change a bit – and create a small tax hike -- at the annual Financial Town Meeting on May 23 if supporters of keeping a wood shop teacher present an amendment to change the spending plan. Eliminating the industrial arts teacher, a decision made by the School Committee and administration to help trim the school budget, was a main point of contention at the hearing after Kathy Cadigan, chair of the COA, delightfully introduced the proposed …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A zero-tax increase budget will be proposed at the Barrington Financial Town Meeting on May 23.
There will be no tax increase in Barrington this year – perhaps for the first time ever. Kathy Cadigan, chairwoman of the Committee on Appropriations (COA), made that announcement to a joint meeting of the Town Council, School Committee, Ad Hoc Budget Forecast Committee and COA Wednesday evening in the library auditorium. “A flat zero-tax increase has been achieved, barring any surprises in two weeks,” Cadigan said, referring to the annual Financial Town Meeting on May 23. “We need to celebrate this and give credit all over the place,” she said. Her opening statement to the town meeting might well be no longer than the Pledge of Allegiance, Cadigan quipped. “This has been achieved most significantly through lean and mean work on both sides…