Accordingly, town officials and staff will spend the next two months pouring over town expenditures, revenues and the like in an effort to draft a financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The process won't be undertaken without the participation of residents, as the town has scheduled three budget workshops.
The workshops are "informal and interactive gatherings" aimed at giving residents the opportunity to learn about budget creation and give feedback about expenditures in town.
Residents will ultimately vote in the town's annual budget referendum to approve or reject the town council's budget, which, if approved on schedule, will go into effect on July 1.
The largest expenditure in the budget — education funding — has begun to take shape, as Interim Superintendent Craig Cooke recently submitted his funding proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, representing an overall increase of just under 3 percent.
Scheduled budget workshops will occur on the following dates:
- Jan. 30, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Feb. 20, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- March 31, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.