Budget Update

Last night, the Board of Finance met to further decrease the proposed 2014-15 town budget in advance of the second Budget Referendum that will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Despite a more modest and measured proposal from the Chairman of the BOF, the BOF voted 4-3 to further reduce the proposed Board of Education budget by $100,000.  The BOF also eliminated $18,000 from the Board of Selectmen budget and  $15,000 from the town’s contingency fund.

The proposed BOE budget for next year has now been cut by $457,000.  The original increase requested by the BOE was The Bolton Public Schools have been left with a budget increase of only $174,568 for next year The BOE cuts are devastating and arbitrary.  These cuts came even after Superintendent Kristin Heckt delivered a very blunt assessment of the negative impact the additional cuts would have on our schools.

The PTA needs your help now to ensure that the next budget successfully passes at referendum.  If it does not, our Town Charter mandates that the BOF must DECREASE THE OVERALL BUDGET AMOUNT before the next referendum.  A “no” vote on the next budget referendum does not mean that the budget will be increased before a third referendum. THE BUDGET WILL CONTINUE TO DECREASE WITH EACH SUBSEQUENT REFERENDUM.

Please help us by:

  1. Reading the updated Parent’s Guide to the Bolton Budget Process that was developed by the PTA and sharing it with your friends and neighbors.
  2. Voting YES at the next Budget Referendum on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Voting is open from 6:00am to 8:00pm at Bolton Town Hall.

Thank you for your help and continued support of our schools.