Friday, June 14, 2002
RSC looks for shortcut to funding high school budget
As the town prepares for the Special Town Meeting on Monday, the regional school committee (RSC) is looking for ways to secure the requested budget increase for the high school while avoiding the cost and stress of a prolonged budget process, especially a joint Concord-Carlisle Town Meeting. (See Warrant on this page.)
Attempt to avoid override
In a telephone interview on Wednesday afternoon, RSC vice chair Michael Fitzgerald explored the possibility of making a motion from the floor at Monday's Town Meeting to fund the CCHS budget shortfall out of existing town funds, thus ending the high school budget squabble. Currently the selectmen propose to fund the FY03 high school budget out of available revenues as well as a $75,000 override that must be approved both by the Carlisle Special Town Meeting and at the town election on June 26. "I want to save the $10,000 to $15,000 that it will cost, even if we cancel the joint meeting [at the last minute, after the town election]," said Fitzgerald.
FY03 CCHS budget mismatch
After last month's elections in Concord and Carlisle, the two towns
were far apart on the FY03 budget for CCHS. Concord approved an assessment,
recommended by the Concord Selectmen, that would bring the budget to
$15,596,000, a 7% increase over FY02. With the defeat of the override
in Carlisle, the high school budget could not be funded higher than
the levy limit, or $15,134,000, a 3.9% increase over FY02. The RSC has
asked Carlisle to match Concord's funding level.
CCHS FY03 Budget: what additional funds will buy
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