Friday, December 5, 2003
FinCom invites public to budget discussion on December 10
To the Editor
On Wednesday, December 10, the FinCom is having a meeting which members of the public may be interested in attending.
At 7 p.m. we will be discussing the Levy Limit Guideline Budget for next year. This is the "no over-ride budget" that the FinCom is obliged to present to Town Meeting. We will discuss our revenue assumptions, including state aid and monies from new growth. In addition we will cover estimates for mandatory expenses, such as insurance and pensions. Once these items are considered, the balance of forecast revenue is split between schools and departments. The FinCom's rationale for the proposed split will be explained. We will take questions and comments from the public.
At 8 p.m. we will be having a dialog with the Carlisle Public School. You will know that the CPS consumes the largest part of the Town's budget. We plan to discuss the key issues which are driving the school budget including state mandates, class size, special education, teachers' contract and extracurricular programs. Again, we will take questions and comments from the public.
If you are interested in our town's budget or your own tax bill for 2004/2005, I encourage you to attend this meeting.
Chair, Carlisle Finance Committee
Carlisle's Salvation Army seeks donations
To the Editor:
We are very fortunate to live in a community where most of us do not have to worry about the day-to-day necessities of feeding, clothing and housing our families. Unfortunately, even in the most affluent communities, including our own, there are people for whom providing the basics for their families is difficult.
There are people who have become victims of circumstances beyond their control due to the poor economy and for the first time in their lives, need help. Longtime residents of Carlisle are finding it difficult to remain in town due to the increase in taxes and are therefore requiring assistance.
When these needs arise, we, The Salvation Army Unit, are there to help. In the past we have helped Carlisle residents with fuel assistance as well as with purchasing clothing. The services provided by The Salvation Army cost money.
As the Carlisle Service Unit, we would like to ask you to support The Salvation Army and its works. A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Donations in the form of a check can be made payable to The Salvation Army and sent to Susan Evans, Council on Aging, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. The red counter keftle will be present again this year at Daisy's Market during the month of December, for your convenience as well.
Anyone interested in volunteering to ring the bell with the famous Red Keftle at the Transfer Station between now and Christmas should call me at 978-371-2985. This is a wonderful way for eighth-graders and high school students to earn community service hours.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season,
Susan Evans, Chairperson
Salvation Army Carlisle Service Unit
LWV thanks sponsors of Patriot Act Forum
To the Editor:
The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle wishes to thank the twelve organizations and businesses who co-sponsored the recent Citizen Forum on the Patriot Act: Civil Liberties and National Security held on November 12 at the Peabody School. We counted 220 participants, including a spill over crowd in the cafeteria with video/audio hook up provided by Concord Adult and Community Education, 20 CCHS students who came on a bus paid for by the LWVCC, residents of Concord and Carlisle, and citizens from surrounding towns. For those who missed the event, please note coverage of the Forum by Comcast Cable TV and WIQH, the CCHS radio station.
The following organizations and businesses encouraged their members to attend the Forum, staffed tables with information on the PATRIOT Act, helped with set up and clean up. They are: The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Amnesty International Group 15, The Concord Bookshop, Concord Chamber of Commerce, Concord Civil Liberties Committee, Concord Democratic Town Committee, Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council, First Parish Social Action Education Committee, Grassroots Actions for Peace, Mission and Social Concerns Committee of the Trinitarian Congregational Church, and North Bridge Alliance for Democracy.
At the conclusion of the program, the following newspaper editors participated on a Press Panel. Their questions were interspersed with those from the audience. We thank: Erica Noonan, Bureau Chief, Boston Globe NorthWest; Maya Liteplo, Carlisle Mosquito, Maureen O'Connell, Concord Journal, Caleb Hsieh, CCHS VOICE, and Arthur Smith, The Third Wing for their courteous and thoughtful questions for the speakers.
The Forum framed the issue of balancing civil liberties and national security in times of terrorism. It was not intended to provide indepth coverage, and not all questions submitted to to the panel could be fully answered; however, we will take steps to encourage the organization of facilitated, focused discussion of the PATRIOT Act and other national security measures in the near future.
For more information on local action regarding the PATRIOT Act, please call 978.287.0627 or check the LWVCC website: http://concord-carlisle.ma.lwvnet.org. For a short summary of the PATRIOT Act, read the Congressional Research Service Report at: www.fas.org/irp/crs/RS21203.pdf.
LWVCC Forum Chair
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