Selectmen notes: Town receiving $240K from MSBA
By Robert Fucci
Sutton Town Administrator Jim Smith shows off the new tablets now being used during Board of Selectmen meetings. Photo by Robert Fucci
A final audit on the middle school/ high school project was recently completed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority and the Town of Sutton was notified it will receive back $240,000, Town Administrator Jim Smith told the Board of Selectmen during its Jan. 3 meeting.
The town currently has $50,000 in its account, so this would bring it to $290,000.
The Building Committee met on Jan. 11 to decide where to allocate those funds. The Committee’s decision was made after the Chronicle’s deadline.
“We have a couple of projects we’d like to pursue,” Smith said. “One is a sidewalk down to Shaw Farm for the cross country and other events. Hopefully, we’ll put a track up there at some point in time. It makes a lot of sense.”
Smith said another option would be to return the funds to lower the town’s tax burden as a result of the debt exclusion override from the middle school/high school project.
“We’ll have to wait and see what the Committee decides,” Smith said. FY18 Budget update
Smith said the draft capital plan has been completed. “The plan again is to use free cash to fund the capital plan, leaving the Capitalization Fund untouched,” he said. “We want to preserve the Capitalization Fund, let it continue to grow for us to be able to afford more expensive projects down the line.” The town has $1.3 million certified by the Department of Revenue and Smith has retained Human Resources Services, Inc., as a consultant to look at department head salaries. Gov. Charlie Baker will release state aid numbers in late January. “I’m expecting a minimal increase in Chapter 70, as well as (Unrestricted General Government Aid) funds,” he said. The preliminary budget presentation to the Board will be held on Feb. 21.