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Friday, March 15, 2002

Having wrestled with revenues, department budgets, and debt through dark winter nights in cozy obscurity at Town Hall, the finance committee and board of selectmen last Wednesday unexpectedly found themselves at center stage, literally in the spotlight. So many Carlisle school parents showed up at Town Hall that evening that fire chief Robert Koning declared the Clark Room beyond its capacity, and ordered the joint meeting to the school auditorium, where members sat on stage in the formal configuration more usual for Town Meeting than routine budget hearings. ...more

Where to find budget information

At last week's selectmen's meeting, a parent asked where she could get information about the town's budget process. For those who share her interest, the following articles have appeared since October:

The release of $50 million in Chapter 90 funds last week will aid local communities as they prepare for town meetings and the spring construction season. According to an analysis by Senator Susan Fargo, a member of the Transportation Committee, Carlisle town coffers will get $67,563. ...more
WINTER ACONITES smile at the sun. Can spring be far behind? (Photo by Ellen Huber)
Halfway between Galway City and Connemara, on the Coast Road in Spidal overlooking Galway Bay, is a one-room whitewashed cottage with a thatched roof. There is a little donkey in the front yard and she'll let you pet and feed her if you first sit quietly on the stone wall for a few minutes. The yard is overgrown with tall grasses, heather, and Queen Anne's Lace. Rose of Sharon blooms near the front door, and the black rocks of the wall, immoveable, are probably a million years old. ...more

The attention the public pays to the budget process increased dramatically last week, as Carlisle school parents focused on the deliberations of the board of selectmen. These five have final authority over what articles will be placed on the Town Meeting Warrant and what Proposition 2-1/2 override questions will appear on the ballot at the town election on May 14. The board can refuse to put any override question to the voters, or can develop multiple override levels (sometimes referred to as "pyramid," "menu," or "tiered" overrides). They can accept the Carlisle Finance Committee's (FinCom) recommended levels, or craft their own. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito