May 1, 2020
Dear Residents of Marlborough,
We have all been impacted by COVID-19, and the future remains uncertain. The longer the economic shutdown continues, the greater the impact on municipalities, businesses, and individuals. Many families in our community are struggling during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. The economic projections are bleak, at best. The Board of Finance has been very sensitive to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic when analyzing budget requests.
It is important to acknowledge that the budgets presented in early March were created when the economy was strong. The Board of Finance carefully analyzed and discussed budget options, the goal being to provide a budget that will allow for the continuation of services while providing some relief to taxpayers. In addition, we understand that the next fiscal year will be equally, if not more, difficult. We have strived to approve a budget that will help position the Town favorably next year.
The budget that the Board of Finance voted to present to the public reduces the mill rate by 0.96, making the new mill rate 36.29. We were able to achieve this, in part, due to debt retirement and the expansion of the commercial tax base. We also voted for a 2% cap on operating budget increases for the local Board of Education and the Town.
At the Regular Board of Finance meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Board will approve a 2020-2021 budget for Marlborough, consistent with Governor Lamont’s executive order 7I. As you are aware, Executive Order 7I suspends in-person voting and eliminates the traditional annual meeting and budget referenda.
As a result, the Marlborough Board of Finance has set up a special email address for public comments. There will be a video/tele conference public hearing on the budget on May 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM, to explain the budget, receive public comments, and address residents’ questions and concerns. The Board of Finance will hold its regular meeting immediately following the public hearing, at which time it will pass a budget.
Information regarding how to join the public hearing will be posted on the Town web page prior to the meeting.
Susan Leser, Chairman
Marlborough Board of Finance
2020-2021 Budget Proposal