Saturday, May 3, 2014

Down to the wire

This is it, Worcester: City Manager Augustus will present his budget to the Worcester City Council at Tuesday night's meeting (see item 10a); the Council will begin hearing the budget on May 20.
If you have not yet gotten in touch with Council regarding this year's budget, I would urge you to do so.
I know that everyone hopes (or wishes?) that somehow there's a magical answer that is going to avoid layoffs in schools to balance the budget.
The gap's too big. The inflation rate that the state set this year is far too low. Unless the city steps in, and takes steps towards the level of responsibility assumed by the rest of the state on education, we're going to have a budget that is awful. For more on this, see our last presentation from Mr. Allen here
The statewide average funding above foundation is 17% last year. We've got to do better than zero.
You can find contact information at the right.

The Worcester School Committee will get the FY15 proposed school budget on May 9 (at about 5). It will go up online that evening. 

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