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Watertown budget hearings begin this week, continue through June

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 14, 2013 01:10 PM

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Watertown town officials will begin a month-long series of budget hearings this week to set the next fiscal year's financial plan, and are encouraging residents to attend the meetings and express their opinions.

Watertown Town Manager Michael Driscoll's proposed general budget is set at $107 million, plus $15 million for the separate water and sewer budget.

Driscoll's proposed budget states that Watertown receives $80.5 million in property and commercial taxes and about $10.5 million in state aid - assuming it will stay level-funded. The remaining $16 million of Watertown's budget would come from car taxes, various town fees, program reimbursements, and transfers from other town accounts.

Driscoll was unavailable for comment.

Town Council members will hold various individual department hearings before they hold a final cumulative public hearing on Tuesday, June 11, and then will vote on the final budget that same night. The final hearing is slated to begin around 7:15 p.m. at Town Hall.

Meanwhile, the individual hearings will start tonight at 8 p.m. at Town Hall. The schedule of budget overview is as follows:

Tuesday, May 14 at 8 p.m.

  • Budget Overview by Town Manager
  • Veterans
  • Health
  • Community Development and Planning

Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m.

  • Library
  • Council on Aging
  • Recreation
  • Purchasing
  • Town Hall Maintenance
  • Town Clerk
  • Elections
  • Personnel
  • Information Technology
  • Town Manager
  • Town Auditor
  • Town Council
  • General government budgets/miscellaneous

Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m.

  • Retirement benefits
  • Fire Department
  • Emergency management
  • Treasurer/Collector
  • Parking lots and meters
  • Capital improvement program

Tuesday, May 28 at 8 p.m. (following Town Council meeting)

  • Town Attorney
  • Water/Sewer enterprise budgets
  • Department of Public Works

Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m.

  • Assessors
  • John A. Ryan Municipal Skating Rink
  • School Department
  • Police Department

For more information and to view more documents and presentations prepared by the Town Manager, visit the town's website.

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