More budgets approved

Mar 27, 2020 by

Published in the March 27, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The business of the town must go on, even in the era of coronavirus, and to that end the Town Council approved several more budgets at this week’s meeting. Under mandated social distancing rules, the meeting was conducted with just Chairman Edward Dombroski and Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio in the WCAT studio, with other town councilors participating via telephone conference call. The public was not permitted to attend but could watch on live cable TV or online. Dialing into the meeting, Town Accountant Kevin Gill presented the numbers for the town’s FY 2021 Group Insurance budget. He said that the total $13,745,967 Group insurance budget included an increase of $374,034. Of that amount $5,726 was in the Personal Services line item...

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State to Postpone April 15 Tax Deadline...

Mar 27, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2020 By MATT MURPHY State House News Service BOSTON — The April 15 deadline for filing state income tax returns will be postponed until July 15 under a deal announced Friday between Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders. The change, which requires legislation, means the state tax deadline will now align with the new federal tax deadline, which was postponed last week by Internal Revenue Service. “In partnership with our colleagues in the Legislature, we are committed to providing this flexibility to taxpayers in a way that protects the Commonwealth’s strong fiscal footing that we have all worked hard to develop over the past several years,” Baker said in a statement announcing the agreement. Conservative groups like the Pioneer Institute and the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, along with the Massachusetts...

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State to Postpone April 15 Tax Deadline...

Mar 27, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2020 By MATT MURPHY State House News Service BOSTON — The April 15 deadline for filing state income tax returns will be postponed until July 15 under a deal announced Friday between Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders. The change, which requires legislation, means the state tax deadline will now align with the new federal tax deadline, which was postponed last week by Internal Revenue Service. “In partnership with our colleagues in the Legislature, we are committed to providing this flexibility to taxpayers in a way that protects the Commonwealth’s strong fiscal footing that we have all worked hard to develop over the past several years,” Baker said in a statement announcing the agreement. Conservative groups like the Pioneer Institute and the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, along with the Massachusetts...

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State to Postpone April 15 Tax Deadline...

Mar 27, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2020 By MATT MURPHY State House News Service BOSTON — The April 15 deadline for filing state income tax returns will be postponed until July 15 under a deal announced Friday between Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders. The change, which requires legislation, means the state tax deadline will now align with the new federal tax deadline, which was postponed last week by Internal Revenue Service. “In partnership with our colleagues in the Legislature, we are committed to providing this flexibility to taxpayers in a way that protects the Commonwealth’s strong fiscal footing that we have all worked hard to develop over the past several years,” Baker said in a statement announcing the agreement. Conservative groups like the Pioneer Institute and the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, along with the Massachusetts...

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State to Postpone April 15 Tax Deadline...

Mar 27, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2020 By MATT MURPHY State House News Service BOSTON — The April 15 deadline for filing state income tax returns will be postponed until July 15 under a deal announced Friday between Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders. The change, which requires legislation, means the state tax deadline will now align with the new federal tax deadline, which was postponed last week by Internal Revenue Service. “In partnership with our colleagues in the Legislature, we are committed to providing this flexibility to taxpayers in a way that protects the Commonwealth’s strong fiscal footing that we have all worked hard to develop over the past several years,” Baker said in a statement announcing the agreement. Conservative groups like the Pioneer Institute and the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, along with the Massachusetts...

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FinCom chair sounds schools’ budget alarm...

Mar 26, 2020 by

Published in the March 26, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — In spite of dire warnings from the chairman of the Finance Committee regarding the size of the School Department’s FY 2021 budget, the School Committee went ahead and unanimously approved Superintendent Doug Lyons’ recommended $47,976,659 FY 2021 School Department budget. The proposal includes a $2,045,611 (4.88 percent) increase over the current year’s budget. Dan Sherman’s comments were read by School Committee Chairman Cristopher Callanan at Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting. Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the meeting featured Callanan and Lyons in the WCAT studio with School Committee members participating via telephone conference call. Stressing that he was speaking only as one member of the Finance Committee,  Sherman cautioned the School Committee that even before the loss of revenue that the town and the...

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