Friday, August 30, 2002
Shorts from the selectmen, Aug. 13
• School wastewater plant. The selectmen approved spending $70,000 for the design and permitting phase of the waste water treatment plant at the Carlisle School, as per a proposal by engineers Hoyle, Tanner, and Associates, Inc. The finished plant, to be sited on the Banta-Davis Land, is expected to cost in excess of $1 million, and will serve an expanding school population. A special Town Meeting will be called, probably in early spring 2003, to approve money for construction.
• Unreliable budget numbers. Selectman John Ballantine expressed concern that the town had gone through the process of setting the FY03 budget at two Town Meetings and an election in June based on unreliable numbers. Actual state aid to Carlisle in FY03 came in $71,066 below what was promised at the time of the Special Town Meeting in June, but this was offset by new real estate growth above what was expected, resulting in $120,000 in expected excess tax collections. The biggest shortfall in state aid was a $62,487 reduction in state aid "in lieu of taxes," a voluntary payment to offset the loss of tax revenue on state-owned land. The difference in the new growth estimate reflected revaluations when the new assessor took office. Ballantine expressed hope that the new assessor, John Speidel, will provide needed continuity so future estimates can be relied on.
• September meetings. Selectmen's meetings for September are the 10th and 24th at Town Hall. There is a joint meeting with the Concord Selectmen on September 19 in the CCHS library.
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