Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 10/22/20

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 10/22/20

The Litchfield Budget Committee met tonight (10/22/20) and all members were in attendance.

Mr. Cutter shared correspondence which included budget report from the town, questions from various committee members on line items in the budget, IT Manager contract, and updates with the library. 

October 1st minutes and October 8th minutes were approved as amended. 

Town Business Updates Included:

-The following accounts were voted on by committee members for   

-Town Meeting 4130.30
-Town Clerk 4140.10
-Accounting 4150.10
-Sanitation 4321.10
-Road Agent 4311.10
-Road Maintenance 4321.10
-Street Lighting 4316.30
-Accounting 4150.10
-Revaluation of Property 4152.10
-Town Meeting 4130.30
-Legal 4153.10
-Planning 4191.10
-Zoning Board 4191.30
-Cemeteries 4195.10
-Advertising Regional Associations 4197.10
-Vendor Payments 4445.20
-Patriotic 4583.10
-Conservation 4611.20
-Debt 4723.10
-Parks and Rec 4520.10
-Library 4550.20
-Info Tech 4150.20  

Member Input / New Business:

– Mrs. Fordey was appointed by the committee to serve on the School District Facility Planning committee as the budget committee representative. 

The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for October 29 at 7:00pm, which continues the budget review and voting process.  A formal agenda will be provided as soon as it is finalized.

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are not permitted. 

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 10/1/20

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 10/1/20

The Litchfield Budget Committee met last night (10/1/20) and all members were in attendance.

Budget Committee Meeting – Oct 1, 2020

Mr. Cutter shared correspondence which included links to the draft budget, swearing in of Mr. Scott Taylor, and meeting agenda for this week. 

September 24th minutes (as amended) were deferred until next week for review and approval.   

Town Business Updates Included:

-Mr. Cutter turned it over to Mr. Brown to begin the budget review process…Mr. Brown took the first few minutes to provide a high-level overview of how the BOS put together the budget, the current spend against the Tax Cap, and their plans over the coming weeks to continue to review all accounts with department heads. 

-The following accounts were presented by Mr. Brown and the department heads and discussion took place on various line items in those accounts with questions from members of the committee. 

            -Town Meeting 4130.30
            -Town Clerk 4140.10
            -Tax Collection 4150.40
            -Sanitation Administration 4321.10
            -Road Agent 4311.10
            -Road Maintenance 4312.10
            -Street Lighting 4316.30
            -Accounting  4150.10
            -Revaluation of Property 4152.10
            -Board of Selectmen 4130.10
            -Legal Expenses 4153.10
            -Planning Board 4191.10
            -Zoning Board 4191.30
            -Cemeteries 4195.10
            -Advertising and Regional Associations 4197.10
            -Welfare Vendor Payments 4445.2
            -Patriotic Purposes 4583.10
            -Conservation 4611.20
            -Debt Service 4711.10

Member Input / New Business:

-None.

The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for October 8 at 6:30pm, which continues the budget review process.  A formal agenda will be provided as soon as it is finalized.

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are not permitted. 

Seeking for a Citizen Volunteer to Serve as a Budget Committee Member

Seeking for a Citizen Volunteer to Serve as a Budget Committee Member

CITIZEN VOLUNTEER NEEDED
BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBER

The Litchfield Budget Committee is seeking a volunteer to serve as an appointed member until the March 2021 Town Election at which time the successor shall be elected to fill the unexpired or new term. The Budget Committee meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7pm. During October, November and December meetings are conducted almost every Thursday evening at 6pm. The Budget Committee reviews and prepares annual Town and School budgets for voter consideration, conducts budget hearings, and monitors expenditures and revenues throughout the year.  

To be considered, applications should be submitted no later than Friday, September 18, 2020 at 5pm by email to Budget Committee Chairman Andrew Cutter at acutter@litchfieldnh.gov or delivered to the Town Office, Attn: Budget Committee, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH 03052. Please mail or use the drop box outside the Town Office building.

For additional information or questions, please contact Andrew Cutter, Budget Committee Chairman at acutter@litchfieldnh.gov or call 603-438-6360.  

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 8/27/20

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 8/27/20

The Litchfield Budget Committee met tonight (8/27/20) and all members were in attendance.

Mr. Cutter shared correspondence which included draft minutes from June, school district financial reports, revised audited financial records, NHMA workshop, school district expense reports for end of year and July 2020. 

June 25th minutes (as amended) were accepted by the committee.

Town Business Updates Included:

-Mr. Leary shared that budget season is underway at the various departments.  More are planned for the next meeting, and those will be shared with the Budget Committee.  Re-opening of Town Hall will be presented at the next meeting.  Mr. Leary gave a high-level overview of the town audit.

School Business Updates Included:

-Mr. Myers gave an overview of the school business update, which included the LMS project. HVAC work is underway and final expenditures are being put together.  All 3 buildings are expected to be good by back to school.  Around $708,000 in the unassigned fund balance will be returned.

-Discussion around Special Election format on September 16th, in person vote of people in attendance to appropriate money from the state for Capital Reserve that is earmarked for infrastructure as one-time monies.  Dr. Jette, Mr. Myers, and Cory provided updates and answered questions from budget committee members. 

-Mr. Son asked a question on school district end of year expenses…

-Dr. Jette provided an overview of the HVAC work at all 3 buildings, answered questions from committee members and discussed the impact of the vote and the use of the funds for this work.

Capital Improvement Planning Committee:

-Mr. Cutter provided an update from the planning committee which included reports from all town departments.  A survey to be sent to the town at the end of the month, presentation to the Planning Board, Town Meeting, and presentation to Board of Selection, with all meetings taking place in September. 

Member Input / New Business:

-None at this time. 

The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 24th  at 7pm.  A formal agenda will be provided as soon as it is finalized.

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are not permitted.