For the past several years, the Conservation Commission has subsidized its annual budget with funds from its reserve account, but members told the Board of Selectmen and Advisory Committee last month that practice may be coming to an end because funds are running low. Apparently, that was by design.
The Metrowest Daily News explains:
The Advisory Committee asked the commission to spend down the account “rapidly,” (Conservation Administrator Beth Rosenblum) said, because it didn’t like the idea of big pockets of money sitting around doing nothing.
Accordingly, the commission has been pitching in on some of the bigger items in the budget — including paying for 25 percent of Rosenblum’s salary.
Also, as peer reviews of Wetlands Protection Act projects became more necessary, it also began paying for peer reviews for which it could have charged applicants, Rosenblum said.
Those reviews varied by project and could range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, Rosenblum said Thursday.
She said the Conservation Commission wasn’t advised to pay for the reviews per se, but decided that doing so would be an efficient way of complying with the Advisory Committee’s request to spend rapidly.
You can read the whole article here, including the Advisory Committee’s response to the news.