Presentation on theme: "Protecting Public Safety, Public Health, Public Assets and a Special Quality of Life FY08 Town of Sudbury Budget – Article 3."— Presentation transcript:
Protecting Public Safety, Public Health, Public Assets and a Special Quality of Life FY08 Town of Sudbury Budget – Article 3
FY08 Budget Priorities Maintain high quality Town services at best possible cost Achieve annual AND long term goals of the Selectmen Increases in utilities, supplies, contracted services Address areas where expectations from residents are high – e.g. library, information availability, condition of roads and streets, snow and ice removal, traffic
FY08 Budget Priorities Address areas where we have been hit with mandates: e.g. public health, environmental, personnel, inspectional requirements, just to name a few. Keep up with financial policies of the Board, particularly in the area of planning for our capital needs, preservation of our reserves, and maintaining our AAA credit rating
Town Government Organization and Responsibilities 30 Departments within Town government: many varied missions, many functions required by state law, many 1 staff person offices.
Specifics of the FY08 Budget set forth under the Override Budget Restoring planned reductions: –Public Safety: Retain staffing levels including overtime needed to fill open shifts for Police and Fire Departments. –Public Works: Keeps the current service levels, especially adjusting for costs in materials for road repair, snow and ice budget, related items. –Other Departments: Town Elections, Town Meetings, equipment, contracts, computers
Specifics of the FY08 Budget set forth under the Override Budget Targeting part-time additional hours where most critically needed: – COA Van Driver and Engineering Summer Help – Health Department, Finance/Budget Office, Personnel/Benefits Office, Conservation (more residents/activities/mandates have created demands severely impacting these one person offices). –Library to add hours when most needed (Saturdays) and be open additional times
Specifics of the FY08 Budget set forth under the Override Budget Three service initiatives where demand is high Service contracts on critical Town computer servers – do more 24/7 operations for residents, adding more web based services - $5,500 Tree restoration for diseased, damaged trees $5,000 Create a GIS program by hiring a part-time GIS coordinator, and achieving benefits of GIS – productivity enhancements (information production time and energy), better planning capacity (school bus routes, land use patterns), public safety components $27,540
Continue Ongoing Priorities of the Town Importance of retaining our department heads and other staff: They are our current and future knowledge and capabilities Importance of maintaining and investing in capital: vehicles, facilities Importance of continual efforts to improve efficiencies and contain costs
Thank You Protecting Public Safety, Public Health, Public Assets and a Special Quality of Life
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