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FM #262 Budget SubComm Meeting 5/04/20

Updated 9 months ago.

FM #262 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 262 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Budget Subcommittee meeting held at 4:30 PM on Monday, MAy 4, 2020. The meeting was conducted via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Committee Chair Matt Kelly opens the meeting. Everyone who speaks identifies themselves as they do speak.

FY 2021 is going to be a tough budget year. It was going to be tough even before the pandemic. Post pandemic, with revenues forecast to drop by about $3M, just from the March 4 expectation (only 2 months ago), the revenues will pose some serious questions for how we will choose to operate.

The School Committee for example, has approved a budget $3.5M more than they got last year. They did so knowing they were not going to get it all, it at least was a priority listing for themselves to work through. When the schools do re-open, what will their process look like?

How will they maintain social distancing (assuming it is still required, and per current info, it is likely to be the 'new normal'). What will social distancing do to bus routes, to class sizes? To the budget? I don’t want to speculate, there are too many unknowns.
The only thing that is certain, is that if ever, there was a time to be informed about the budget and town operations, that time is NOW.
The full show notes also include my notes taken via Twitter during the meeting as well as the agenda and associated budget documents released for this meeting.

The meeting runs about 28 minutes, so let’s listen to the Budget Subcommittee meeting and hear the grim news on the budget choices we face.

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