September 11, 2012 Strategic Budget Committee

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September 11, 2012 Strategic Budget Committee

Postby Mary Wright » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:22 am

STRATEGIC BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

A meeting of the Strategic Budget Committee was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Mr. Bonin called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Tim Bonin (Chairman) Paula Brouillette (Vice-Chair), John Bombara, Pamela Holmes, Mike Hughes, Cortney Keegan, Nancy Lane, Ray Whitehead, Scott Yacino, Michael Guzinski, Jeanne Lovett
ABSENT: Todd Bari, Gina Muscatell

DISCUSSION: SCHEDULE FOR THE 2014 BUDGET PROCESS
Ms. Brouillette stated that the committee needs a plan for making recommendations. Mr. Guzinski suggested mapping out deadlines and deciding what type of revenue models they want to use for the departmental budgets. By early December, Mr. Guzinski would like to have a recommendation from the committee as to how the message should be done up and in what form they would like to see the budgets submitted this year.
A discussion was held as to how to start addressing the problem. Among the topics discussed were: soliciting the public’s willingness to pay, sending out surveys to the public, and how to approach the budget process. It was discussed whether to approach the budget problem from the perspective of the budget shortfall or from a total revenues perspective.
Mr. Bonin stated that the committee is looking to find out what the real deficit is and what it takes to run each department. Ms. Lovett suggested the committee ask the departments for their FY14 Expenditure Budgets, with level funding and salaries. Ms. Brouillette agreed. Ms. Holmes asked for salary information. Ms. Lane suggested that she, Mr. Guzinski, Ms. Lovett and Ms. Keegan develop a template for a condensed way to present the essential information. Mr. Guzinski said he could ask the departments to list the critical capital needs of their departments. He could have the budget information in two weeks, in time for the next meeting.
September 25, 2012: Review departmental budget information.
October 9, 2012: Discuss the status of the revenues and first pass of the budget deficit.
October 16, 2012: What could be implemented that would be different for FY14?
November, 2012 : Options.

REVIEW OF BUDGETARY INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY THE TOWN DEPARTMENTS
Ms. Lane suggested the committee marry the packets that the town departments presented today to the budget information they are requesting.
iPads and technology in the school were discussed. Mr. Yacino stated that the Federal Dept. of Education has mandated that schools move to electronic textbooks in five years.
Mr. Guzinski recommended the committee ask department heads to come in to discuss their submissions after the updated budget information has come in.

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Bombara made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 PM. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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