The East Hampton Board of Finance has published a newly updated Citizens’ Guide to the Town Budget.
According to a statement released by the Board of Finance, “The Citizens’ Guide to the Budget was created as a way to inform and engage voters in the budget process. It provides at-a-glance highlights to help residents understand East Hampton by the numbers and key financial measures including revenues, expenditures, fund balance and outstanding debt.
“It also offers an overview of the budget process, explains how the mill rate is calculated and how the capital improvement plan impacts the budget.
“Charts provide historical context about contributions to the capital reserve fund and budget referenda as well as future projections for debt service per capita.”
The four-page guide also includes the budget calendar of meeting dates for citizens who want to be involved in budget discussions.
The informative document can be downloaded (in PDF format) from the town web site at http://easthamptonct.org/Pages/citizensguide2013.pdf and the East Hampton Facebook page.
Copies also are available at town offices, the East Hampton Public Library and the Senior Center.
“Members of the Board of Finance are pleased to offer this guide as a resource for residents. All residents have a stake in the budget process. Public input is essential to help our board put forward a budget that maintains and improves town services, plans for the future and will be accepted by voters,” the release states.
The Board of Finance is also currently coordinating with the Board of Education and Interim Superintendent of Schools, Mark Winzler, to create a Citizens’ Guide to the East Hampton School Budget, expected to be available by the end of March.
Questions about the 2013-14 Citizens’ Guide? Please call East Hampton Town Hall during office hours at 860-267-4468.
Posted March 11, 2013
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