Monday, January 14, 2013
FY14 Budget Message was recently released.
Town Administrator Martha White completed her FY14 Budget Message just after the new year, and as it stands now there is a projected deficit of $3,349,952. There are a number of reasons why the budget is at a deficit right now, including revenue projections being $548,000 lower than projected at the Fall Annual Town Meeting. Expenses are significantly higher in some areas than earlier projected as well. The budget for Administrative Support Services is higher as two new positions have been created: Information/Communication Specialist and Payroll/Benefits Administrative Coordinator. White believes both of these positions are very important, and points out that their responsibilities cover general government and the school department. Let …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The town recognized the installation of solar panels at Wilson Middle School at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
Wilson Middle School recognized the installation of new solar kiosk on Tuesday. The switch to solar at Wilson, Kennedy, Ben-Hem and the new Natick High School is expected to cut back on the schools' energy use by 46 percent—the equivalent of taking 93 cars off the road, according to energy company Amaresco. The project will also offer educational opportunities for Natick's students. An LCD screen in the Wilson lobby will display the panels' current performance and students will learn about different types of energy in their classes. "We here in the town of Natick are very very proud of these projects. They represent a terrific public private partnership between the town and Amaresco...also a great collaboration between general government …
Monday, October 17, 2011
The town administrator will present information about the town's financial status in preparation for Fall Town Meeting.
For the third year in a row, town administrator Martha White will hold a public presentation to inform the community about Natick's current financial condition in anticipation of Fall Town Meeting. At the Financial Summit, White will discuss financial indicators that may help predict the town's future situation and allow the town to plan ahead. Residents and the members of the town's boards and committees are encouraged to attend. The timed presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dlott Meeting Room on the second floor of Town Hall.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Several veterans spoke out against the town administrator's proposal to consolidate veterans services under one larger department of community services.
At a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee Tuesday night, veterans spoke out against town administrator Martha White's Town Meeting proposal to consolidate the Council on Aging, Human Services, Veterans Services and Recreation and Parks into one town department. The Department of Community Services, as it would be known, would be head by current superintendent of Recreation and Parks, Dick Cugini, if approved by the Board of Selectmen. The directors of the current departments would report to the director of community services, who would report to the town administrator. But several of the town's veterans object to putting the veterans services department under the larger umbrella with the others once the new …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The town received the GOFA received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
Natick was recently recognized for its fiscal 2011 budget, receiving the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Each year, towns across the United States and Canada submit their budgets, which are judged on 27 different criteria as either "not proficient," "proficient" or "outstanding." A town must receive either a "proficient" or "outstanding categorization in at least 14 of the mandatory criteria by at least two out of the three judges. The aspects studied include policy, financial planning, operation guide and communication device. Natick, according to town administrator Martha White, achieved this in all categories. At a finance committee meeting last Thursday, White credited deputy town …