Recent Town Council, Budget and Board of Ed Meetings
Video Courtesy of Nutmeg TV

Several important public meetings were held during the month of March, 2018. Nutmeg TV has graciously provided video of these meetings and has allowed us to include links to the these videos from the Farmington Democrats website. Among the most recent meetings were the all-important March 13th Farmington Town Council Meeting to discuss the Budget and the March 5th Farmington Board of Education Meeting.

Whether or not you have been able to attend any of these meetings, Nutmeg TV is a great resource for you to view or to review Farmington town meetings.

Thank you to Nutmeg TV!

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Planning the Budget
Get Involved!

“The Farmington Town Council will be holding a number of budget meetings, hearings, and workshops over the next several weeks. The public is welcome at these sessions, and we are hoping that many residents will get involved and share their viewpoints. Our candidates campaigned on the importance of transparency, and these meetings will be help in the spirit of open communication. Beth Kintner has put together this summary of the budget process and the key meetings. We hope to see you there!”

How the Budget is Developed

Farmington’s town budget is passed by a referendum vote each Spring in late April or early May. If the budget does not pass, the Town Council is required to make reductions & it goes to a second referendum.

The budget is made up of the education, town services, and capital improvements budgets. It takes into account the town’s debt service, grand list, and revenues from taxes, grants, fees, etc. The process begins in January as the school budget moves from the Superintendent, to the Board of Education, to the Town Council. The Town Manager crafts the town services side of the budget, and coordinates the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the town. The CIP outlines capital projects for the town; including the school district, for five years. At a Town Council meeting in February, there is a public hearing on the CIP, and the Town Council reviews the Town Manager’s recommended capital budget. In mid-March, there is a public hearing on the operating budget for the town, and the Town Council reviews the budget at budget workshops. They end with their deliberations, setting of the tax rate, and approving their recommended budget to be sent to the Town Meeting in April. All of the budget meetings, hearings, and budget workshops are open to the public and there is opportunity for public comment.

Make Your Voice Heard

Important dates for 2018:

TUESDAY, March 13th, 7pm, Town Hall: Public Hearing on the Town Manager’s 2018-2019 Recommended Budget

WEDNESDAY, March 14th, 4pm, Town Hall: Budget Workshop

THURSDAY, March 15th, 4pm, Town Hall: Budget Workshop

SATURDAY, March 17th, 9am, Town Hall: Budget Workshop

MONDAY, March 19th, 4pm, Town Hall: Budget Workshop (IF NEEDED)

TUESDAY, March 20th, 4pm, Town Hall: Budget Workshop (IF NEEDED)

MONDAY, April 2nd, 7pm @ Town Hall: Second Public Hearing on Budget (after Town Council review and approval)

Annual Town Meeting – MONDAY, APRIL 16th, 7pm @ FHS Auditorium: The overall town budget will be formally presented to the Town. There is opportunity for public comment, questions and answers.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26th!
Budget Referendum – VOTE!

Be sure to put this on your calendar! The budget has failed in the past, & several times by only a few votes. Your vote DOES count! Tell friends & neighbors how important it is, and remind them to vote! Support our community by voting for our town budget!

If needed (the budget fails on the first referendum), a Second Annual Town Meeting would be held on April 30th, and a Second Referendum on May 10th.

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Jack Matava
Remembered by the FDTC

The FDTC is saddened to learn of the passing of a friend who has given so much to our town. We feel the words of Barbara Brenneman best express all of our thoughts about Jack….

“Every once in a while you meet someone who leaves a lasting impression. I met that special guy, Jack Matava, a number of years ago and we became friends. Jack was a man who loved this town and his roots were here. Jack gave back to so many people, in so many ways, so many times it is hard to fathom.

Believing in Community and willing to support Farmington any way Jack could, he leaves a legacy for his children to cherish. Unionville will never be the same without Jack and I personally will miss his humor and stories about his racing, flying, hockey pals, and travels. I was lucky enough to serve with Jack on P&Z and he also served many years as a member of the WPCA. If you knew Jack Matava you knew his kindness and generosity.

Let us remember Jack with that same kindness. Our prayers go to his family and friends at this time that tichey may heal and find peace and go forward with great memories of Jack Matava.”

Barbara Brenneman, Farmington Democratic Registrar of Voters and Town Planning & Zoning

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