Budget Committee | 8/22/19 Meeting Summary

Litchfield Budget Committee Meeting Summery for the meeting on August 22, 2019.

Budget Committee met last night for a regularly scheduled meeting. Agenda items and discussions point included:

Litchfield Budget Committee Meeting – August 22, 2019
  • Acceptance of 6/27/19 and & 8/5/19 (Budget Hearing) minutes
  • A review and discussion on correspondence received and a reminder to the BC on transparency and to limit email communication and avoid ‘reply all’.

Town Business:
Selectman Leary provided a response to several budgets questions asked by Mr. Cutter regarding actual expenses that are not in line with what was budgeted. A review of the upcoming budget review schedule was also discussed. A BC walk through of town facilities is currently being planned.Tentative walk through’s will include:

  • 9/5: Library, Cable Building, Old Fire Station, Talent Hall
  • 9/12: Town Hall, Police Station, Fire Station
  • 9/30: Recycling Center & Kennel

School Business:
SB Representative Meyers provided a general update on the upcoming school year.

  • Teaching staff returns next week.
  • New buses equipped w/ cameras with also be going through there routes (I believe today).
  • Special election remains with Judge for decision.
  • Food Services program ran budget deficit, however, program is being turned around with focus on improving quality of meals at GMS this year.
  • K enrollment is currently at 72 for this year. In line with what was forecasted for enrollment.

The BC’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday 9/26 and will plan to meet weekly for the remainder of the year to review and vote on the town and school budgets.

Note: Any public comments or questions can be addressed to the Budget Committee during the next public meeting. Budget Committee responses to questions are not permitted via social media.

As shared by Andrew Cutter via Facebook on 8/23/2019.

Litchfield Budget Committee Meeting Agenda – August 22, 2019

Litchfield Budget Committee Meeting Agenda – August 22, 2019

Meeting Notice
August 22, 2019, at 7:00 pm at Town Hall Meeting Room


7:00 pm           Call to Order
* Pledge of Allegiance

7:05 pm           Review / Additions to Agenda
7:10 pm           Review / Acceptance of Minutes
* June 27, 2019
* August 5, 2019 (Budget Hearing)
7:15 pm           Correspondence
7:20 pm           Reports

Town Business
* General Update
* Financial Update
* Budget Review Schedule
* Schedule of Facility Tours

School Business
* General Update
* Financial Update
* Summer Projects
* Teacher’s Contract Update
* Kindergarten Enrollment Projection

8:00 pm         Member Input / New Business
8:15 pm         Public Input
8:30 pm         Adjourn

Next Committee Meeting: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Budget Committee | 8/19/19 Meeting Summary

Budget Committee Meeting Summary for 8/19/2019

The Budget Committee had a special meeting this evening to discuss and vote on the proposed teacher’s contract.

Budget Committee Emergency Meeting – August 19, 2019

There were several community members that spoke in favor of the contract. Superintendent Jette also provided the BC additional information on the longevity payments included in the contract and reminded the BC the contract is ~250k less than what was presented to the votes in March ’19. A summary of dates and why the need for a special meeting tonight was also provided.

After some brief discussion amougst the committee, the BC voted 6-2-0 to recommend the contract to the voters.

As a reminder, no responses to comments/questions by the BC are permitted via social media. Any questions can be discussed at the next BC meeting this Thursday 8/22.

As shared by Andrew Cutter via Facebook on 8/19/2019.