The annual budget development process for the town has begun in earnest. Since January, the Municipal and School Finance committees along with senior Town and School staff have been meeting regularly to discuss common budget concerns and to improve communications between the two governing bodies. As the state, municipal and school budgets begin to take shape, we collectively agreed that in addition to the traditional public comment sessions offered by the Town Council, an additional opportunity will be provided for the citizens of Scarborough to more fully and openly engage in a discussion of the budget.
A Town Budget Forum has been scheduled at Scarborough High School on Wednesday, April 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. What is a Budget Forum? It is an opportunity for the two Finance Committees to present a brief overview of their respective, proposed budgets and then take Q & A from the public in an open but structured environment. Citizen Kevin Freeman graciously agreed to moderate the forum.
In order for this event to proceed smoothly and to cover as much information as possible within the given time, we respectfully request that you submit your questions electronically at the Town’s website (click here) at least three days prior to the event. This link can be found on both the Town and School websites. Please remember to include your name and address with your questions. If you wish to receive a direct response, please also include a contact phone or e-mail address. Questions in advance will allow the moderator time to organize the questions in a concise and coherent format. If you do not have access to an e-mail account, note cards will be provided at the Budget Forum for you to submit your questions. As well, note cards will be available at Town Hall.
This is another opportunity for the citizens of Scarborough to actively engage in the budget process. Please come join us and participate in the process as it impacts each and every citizen in our town and will help shape the future of our community. A separate opportunity for public comment on the budget will be provided at the May 6th meeting of the Town Council.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Town Budget Forum at the high school on April 29th.