and apologies, I asked the first questions here so I'm summing up
In sum, the City Manager is working with the operating number of $5 million for FY14 towards Other Post-Employment Benefits, with $3 million of that funding in the WPS budget
Note that the School Committee allocates funding within the WPS budget not the City Manager...
We've also got a rather daunting list of projections for FY14, including:
- sequestration, which would cut all of our federal grants by a projected 8.5%
- $1 million special education freeze with be gone
- all collective bargaining is due; each 1% raise will cost $2.2 million
- implementation MassCore
- increasing enrollment (which hits both facilities and staffing)
- Windows XP, which is on all existing computers, is done in 2014; estimate of $7 million to replace
Allen: need to recognize the expense, you don't need to fund the liability, you can pay as you go
recommendation that we have joint meeting of the Council education committee and of the SC finance committee
"I don't want to be Jackie's headline about 'we started the budget wars' but maybe it's 'we've started the budget conversation'"
part of continuing conversations between the superintendent and the city manager, and the CFO's
('though I think that Mr. Monfredo may just have done so, with questions on Medicaid and grants)
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