TYRINGHAM -- A slight budget reduction and long-range financial planning highlight Tuesday's Annual Town Meeting.
Voters will gather at Town Hall, 7 p.m. to act on a 15-article warrant, including a proposed operating budget of $1,444,000 for fiscal 2015 starting July 1, roughly $12,000 less than the current spending plan that expires June 30.
Tyringham Finance Committee Chairman James Consolati says Town Meeting will find a more voter-friendly breakdown of expenses in Article 4 of how and where taxpayer dollars are being spent.
Meanwhile, town officials are urging voters to approve Article 15 that calls for using $114,000 in surplus funds known as free cash toward reducing the property tax rate for fiscal 2015, which will be officially set later in the year.
"We have a good amount of free cash and this will leave us with over $100,000 in the account," Consolati said.
In addition, the Finance Committee wants Town Meeting to approve formal bylaws outlining the duties of the three-member panel. Consolati says the committee has followed the procedures for years that will include going beyond crafting and overseeing each fiscal year budget.
"We want to do more long-term [financial] planning," he said. "We want to see what we need three, five, 10 years down the road, especially with and eye toward building maintenance and equipment."
A section of the Tyringham Cemetery by-laws will also be up for debate as Article 12 seeks to revise plot size and headstone placement in both old and new cemeteries.
A complete copy of the warrant can be found at www.tyringham-ma.gov and click "Town Meeting Warrant" in the left-hand column.
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