Today, Southborough held an Annual Town Meeting we’re not likely to forget. The action took place over the course of three hours on Neary’s athletic fields.
Voters followed the playbook for expediting the meeting. A consent agenda helped quickly passed 11 Articles. Then a couple of quick motions allowed voters to indefinitely postpone 14 more Articles. (Officials have promised to bring them back to a Special Town Meeting.) That left only seven Articles to discuss.
As for the action on those Articles, I’ll get into that on Monday.
In the meantime, here’s the bottom line for taxpayers.
Voters cut close to $56K from a line item in the Town’s Operating Budget. That brings the projected tax rate increase is now 0.77% or $81.56 per average household.*
That could change if the money is added back at the Special Town Meeting. (Stay tuned for an explanation on that and other meeting highlights.)
*Advisory posted the excel version of their recommended budget onto the Town Website. I found the updated figures by plugging in the reduced line item.
Updated (6/13/20 9:16 am): Deleted an out of place line mistakenly left in from an earlier draft.