Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Will the R Band play at the town’s Fourth of July celebration?

At yesterday's Town Council meeting the 2012 - 2013 budget as amended by the Council was approved by a 6-3 vote. 

In it was a change to the Park and Recreation Department Budget.

The Park and Recreation Department requested funding and it was approved at the requested dollar amount by Mayor Dickinson.

By the time the budget discussions occurred, the Park and Recreation Department fine tuned their costs and a couple of items came in under budget so they brought the $6,000.00 saving to the Council to amend their budget.

Councilor Fishbein then made a motion to restore $5,000.00 of the $6,000.00 that they were requesting be removed. This was voted on by the nine councilors at the time (I do not remember how that vote went down specifically) and the motion was passed.

At last nights meeting Councilor Laffin made a motion to repeal that change. It failed 7-2 with only Councilor Cervoni supporting him.

What this means, provided Mayor Dickinson doesn't veto the budget, (and this was the ONLY change made to his original budget), is that the R Band will perform at the show at no additional cost to the Fund.

The town is expending no additional planned funds and they are still saving $1,000.00

The Fund's costs do not change as we never have been able to raise enough extra money to restore the R Band performance.

So at this point we are still working as before with raising the final $3,000.00 we need to reach our 2012 fundraising goal of $30,000.00

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