“Town Meeting Update 2016”
I want to thank everyone that attended the May 5th FY16 Annual Town Meeting. With your support the meeting lasted just short of one hour and I have never been involved with a meeting where every vote was unanimous. Joe Oliveira, from the Advisory Board, set the tone by making an informative presentation on the “Ashburnham property tax overview”. This need was precipitated from last year’s meeting, where it was identified that the misconceptions and incorrect information led to confusion and it needed to be addressed. Joe’s presentation is now available on this website and will be available on the AWCATV website’s “On Demand” section very shortly.
Although the meeting went well and we have a budget that everyone can work with there needs to be change. I personally look forward to meeting the new administration coming into the AWRSD and pledge to work out a better funding methodology to end the painstaking process that has been our historical trend. There is never going to be enough money to satisfy us all and with the Department of Education promising reform in the funding formula for education there may be some relief.
Thanks for your support and please remember that my door is always open.
Doug Briggs, Town Administrator