Episode 995

FM #995 - Finance Cmte Budget Hearing #2 - 05/10/23

Published on: 14th May, 2023

This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee meeting and second of three budget hearings for the FY 2024 budget year. The meeting was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. 

All 9 members of the Finance Committee participated; 7 present in the Council Chambers, 2 remote. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Comptroller Chris Sandini, Treasurer/Collector Kerri Bertone. 

Norfolk Agriculture & Tri-County covered their budgets and answered questions followed by the Franklin School budget. 

Quick recap:

  • John Martin, Superintendent Norfolk Aggie; John Wallace, Business Manager, Norfolk Aggie
  • Norfolk Aggie, 365 acres, inc in 1916 first campus in Weymouth #fincom0510 four courses of study, explore frosh and soph year then choose major for junior and senior studies
  • Animal science is the most popular of the four studies, about 560 total, 16 students from Franklin this year, 3 seniors, applications are open for next year
  • 40 students from Boston making it the largest sending community. There is demand for the programs, they do have a wait list
  • Karen McGuire, Tri-County Superintendent, presenting along with Dan Haynes,  Business Manager
  • Should hear in June about the final cost of the proposed building replacement, and then in August on what MSBA will provide for reimbursement, assuming they do. At that time, the 11 sending communities have 120 days to vote to approve the building proposal
  • How the individual communities fund the cost is up to them, cost allocation based upon sending students
  • Franklin’s budget was presented by Supt Lucas Giguere, Business Manage Miriam Goodman, School Cmte budget subcmte Chair Dave McNeill

The meeting recording runs about 1 hour and 55 minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting May 10, 2023.

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Meeting agenda document ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/_2023-05-10_finance_committee_agenda_2.pdf 

FY 2024 budget information -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/webforms/fy-24-budget-materials 

My notes ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gsupUzfumR385d7qcgklxMfI7enZjmVU/view?usp=share_link 

Link to Finance Committee => https://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee 

YouTube recording =>  https://www.youtube.com/live/1-4GwOsbRNc?feature=share 

Photos captured during the meeting can be found in one album -> 

For Tri-County slides -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/6akR6TvwSyrYvkFh6 

For FPS slides -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/2WYTBKhpxisJFUuT9 

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