Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Budget process continues next week.
Waltham City Councilors last night expressed deep concerns with the school district’s proposed fiscal 2013 budget. “Justifies nothing and represents 30 percent of the city budget,” said City Councilor Paul Brasco as he held the budget up in the air. Brasco added that the school committee should have made it more transparent and accountable to Waltham taxpayers. The concerns of Brasco and other councilors came during last night’s Finance Committee hearing during which Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson presented the proposed $67,194,041 budget for their review. Specifically, several councilors said they disagreed with the structure of the budget because it masks details on how funds would be spent. Basically, the budget …
Monday, May 21, 2012
City budget hearings begin today.
Today is your last chance to join the discussion on the city's fiscal 2013 budget. Public hearings on the budget begin at 9 a.m. today at City Hall and continue tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
See what stories we will have next week.
With budget hearing starting on Monday, we will have additional coverage of the city's proposed budget for fiscal 2013. We will have arrest logs detailing who and where people were arrested. We will debut a new feature in which readers say what should go in empty storefronts. As always, we will have any breaking news that happens in the city.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Schools asking for 3.26 percent increase.
The Waltham Public School District is proposing a 3.26 increase in its budget for the next fiscal year. If approved, the budget would total $66,801,431. The Waltham School Committee held a public hearing on the budget on Thursday, April 4. The draft budget was presented at the School Committee’s March 21 meeting. Once approved, the budget will be forwarded to the City Council to approve it as part of the city’s overall budget. The committee is expected to make a ifnal vote on the budget at its next meeting in two weeks. BUDGET NOTES (source: School Committee meetings, documents)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Budget process complete.
The City Council last night unanimously approved a $207,707,737 budget for the next fiscal year. No changes were made to the budget. Several councilors, however, expressed concern over the budget, which the Finance Committee recommended approval of earlier in the evening. Overall, the budget is $5,465,094 more (2.7 percent) than the current year’s budget. documents. Among the major increases over last year’s budget — $1,808,468 for the schools and $939,000 for utilities. For detailed information on the city’s budget, click on the photo box to the right. COUNCILLORS’ BUDGET THOUGHTS BUDGET NUMBERS BUDGET NOTES