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Despite Canceled Meetings, Mendon’s Budget Preparation on Track

Despite the fact that several Board of Selectmen meetings were canceled, Mendon' Town Administrator Kim Newman says everything concerning the planning of the new fiscal year budget and overall governance

of the town is on track. Due to unforeseen reasons, the Board has been unable to meet since January 7.

"We're waiting on the school's numbers, which we won't have until February 27," said Newman of the town's impending new budget for Fiscal Year 2020. On that date, a joint meeting with Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School and Mendon Upton Regional School District representatives is scheduled with the Finance Committee to review budget requests.

The school budget makes up approximately 57 percent of Mendon's budget. In Fiscal Year 2019, the current budget, the town's share of the Mendon Upton Regional School District's budget increased $312,928 or 3.37 percent for a total of $9,602,788, over the Fiscal Year 2018 total of $9,289,860. Blackstone Valley Tech's overall budget increased $49,140 or 4.53 percent for a total budget of $1,134,765 in Fiscal Year 2019 versus $1,085,625 for Fiscal Year 2018. Preliminary figures for the Mendon Upton School District budget for

the upcoming year, FY20, show a 10.12 percent or $928,687 increase for Mendon. Blackstone Valley Tech is expected to approve its budget in the next few days.

Since the schools make up the largest single item in the town's budget, Newman said until their new

funding requests are finalized, the Board of Selectmen cannot consider any new requests for additional spending from other Mendon departments. So for now, town departments have come forward with their lists of requests for the new budget year and have presented them to the Finance Committee, which continues to meet weekly each Wednesday. Noting that the budget season is in full swing and all other processes except for a review by Selectmen are ongoing, Newman said, "I anticipate a finalized budget by the second week of March."

The town will vote on the new recommended budget during the Annual Town Meeting scheduled for Friday, May 3.

Newman added that items on the Selectmen's agenda that have not been addressed due to the canceled meetings, will be taken up at the Board's next regular meeting, which has been scheduled for Monday, February 25.

Several agenda items on previous canceled meetings included discussing a groundbreaking ceremony for the new police station, an update from the police station building committee, a public hearing on the Land Use Five Year Plan, as well as possible changes to ambulance fees and a discussion to formalize a process for ambulance bill collections. Executive sessions for collective bargaining will also be taken up again.

Interested residents should view the town's Web site, for the next scheduled Selectmen's meeting.


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