Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 1/7/21

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 1/7/21

The Litchfield Budget Committee met tonight (1/7/21) and all members were in attendance.

Mr. Cutter shared correspondence which included updated school district budgets, library correspondence, weekly town budget reports, draft minutes, draft budget hearing PowerPoint, and budget hearing planning session agenda and format.

December 10th and 17th meetings were approved by the committee.   


Reports

Mrs. Varick from the town library asked for an additional $7,905 to the town library budget, specifically for costs associated with heating oil and health benefits, bring the total library budget to $305,453.  The committee voted to add the additional funds back to the budget. 

-Request from Zoning board to restore $700 to the budget.  There was no motion to add the dollars.

-Town Bottom Line Voting – $7,203,793.  The committee voted to approve the bottom line budget as presented.

-Town Warrant Article Voting:
            -Article #3 – Police Contract – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #4 – Town Clerk – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #5 – Health Services – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #6 – Road Improvements – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #7 – Plow Truck Purchase – recommended 7-2-0
            -Article #8 – Property Revaluation – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #9 – Health and Dental Care – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #10 – Fire Station Bond – recommended 9-0-0

-School Bottom Line Voting – $23,715,016.  The committee voted to approve the bottom line budget as presented.  

-School Warrant Article Voting:
            -Article #1 – School Budget – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #2 – Tech Integrator – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #3 – Tech Integrator – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #4 – Capital Improvement – recommended 7-2-0

-Budget Hearing Preparation – Chairman Cutter explained the process for January 14th Budget Hearing, which will be fully remote. 

Member Input / New Business:

– Mr. Taylor asked for the school to provide an update on how much of last year’s budget was returned to the town and how much was encumbered. 

-Dr. Jette spoke about warrant articles 2 and 3 and the school district and board process in having the Tech Integrator positions brought forward via warrant articles. 

The next Budget Committee meeting is the Budget Hearing scheduled for January 14th at 7pm.  This meeting will be virtual, and notices have been made available to the public via local media outlets and the town website. 

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

Public Notice | Budget Hearing for 2021 Town & School Budgets

Public Notice | Budget Hearing for 2021 Town & School Budgets

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
LITCHFIELD BUDGET COMMITTEE 
2021 TOWN & SCHOOL BUDGETS / WARRANT ARTICLES

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Litchfield Budget Committee will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public input on the proposed 2021 town and school budgets. The hearing will be broadcast live on Litchfield TV and Youtube channels. Public comments can be made via WebEx, by phone or email.

Please contact Troy Brown, Town Administrator at Tbrown@Litchfieldnh.gov, or 603.424.4046 ext 1250 for questions or more information. Litchfield Budget Committee Chairman Andrew Cutter can also be contacted at acutter@lithfieldnh.gov.

If you attempt to access the hearing and are unable to do so send an email to Tbrown@Litchfieldnh.gov or call 603.424.4046 ext 1250. 

Join by phone
(US toll) +1 650-215-5226 (access code: 1756598556)

Join by computer
https://litchfield.my.webex.com/litchfield.my/j.php?MTID=m9f11fe09f3e64b68d1416c56be82c2bf
(ID: 1756598556, password: F6gZZ3pp)

Following the close of the hearings, the Budget Committee will discuss and take action on proposed budgets and warrant articles.

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 10/29/20

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 10/29/20

The Litchfield Budget Committee met tonight (10/29/20) and all members were in attendance.

Mr. Cutter shared correspondence which included budget report from the town, budget member requests for items from the town, approved amended minutes, rec commission field bid, and school district expense reports. 

Town Business Updates Included:

-The following accounts were voted on by committee members for   

-Mosquito District 4411.2
-Other Insurance 4196
-General Government Building 4194.10
-Health Department 4411.10
-Ambulance 4215
-Fire 4220.10
-Hydrants 4220.90
-Code 4241.20
-Emergency Management 4290.10
-Police 4210.10
-Police Support 4210.50
-Animal Control 4414.10
-Personnel 4155

-The committee also reviewed projected revenues for 2021, as well as the current default budget and tax cap. 

School Business Updates Included:

-Mrs. Harrison provided an update on the budget process.  The board will be reviewing the budget this weekend as it is currently being prepared by the Superintendent and Business Administrator, with scheduled review next week. 

Member Input / New Business:

-Mrs. Harrison shared with the committee her desire for all groups to be on the same page working toward a common goal.  She reiterated that she supports the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator in doing what they are elected / hired to do. 

The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for November 5 at 7:00pm, which continues the budget review process, focusing on the school budget.  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 | 10/22/20

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.