Several people have asked, some with more accusatory tone than others (you know who you are), when FinComm will be reviewing department (read: the schools’) budgets during the upcoming budget review process.  Because I’m assuming that these people realize that we’re one town and that each budget impacts all of the other budgets, I’m posting FinComm’s entire hearing schedule as a public service announcement.

Please come to these if you are looking for information, and have legitimate questions, suggestions or ideas concerning how your money is spent.  Please feel free to stay home if you’re going to be disruptive or accusatory.

The Finance Committee will be holding public meetings March 18, March 25 and April 1, 2017 (all Saturdays) for its departmental review of proposed operating and capital budgets prepared for Fiscal Year 2018 in Conference Room F at the Municipal Center beginning at 8:30 A.M.

The Blackstone Valley Vocational Technical School budget will be reviewed on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. The Grafton School budget will be reviewed on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.  Both also will be held in Conference Room F.

The purpose of the budget meetings is to give each department head or individual presenting the specific item a formal opportunity to review the current status of their FY17 budget and proposed FY18 budget, including any relevant capital requests with the Finance Committee.  Finance Committee’s goal in holding these hearings is to information needed to form a recommendation on the FY18 budget.

Through this process, Finance Committee believes that it will achieve its goals of making a fully informed recommendation for the FY18 budget to present to the May 08, 2017 Annual Town Meeting.

The following is a detailed schedule of FinComm’s Saturday hearings schedule.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 beginning at 8:30 A.M.


8:30 A.M.- 8:45 A.M.

#145 Treasurer/Collector

8:45 A.M.- 9:10 A.M.

#141 Board of Assessors

#155 MIS/GIS

9:10 A.M.- 9:40 A.M.


#420 Highway

#410 Engineering

#491 Cemeteries and Parks

9:40 A.M.- 10:10 A.M.

#210 Police Department

10:10 A.M.-10:30 A.M.

#440 Sewer Department

10:30 A.M- 11:00 A.M.

#630 Recreation

11:00 A.M.- 11:20 A.M.

#135 Town Accountant

11:20 A.M.-11:35 A.M.

#543 Veterans Services

11:35 A.M.- 11:50 A.M.

#182 Economic Development


12 Noon- 1:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M.- 2:00 P.M.

#220 Fire Department


Saturday, March 25, 2017 beginning at 8:30 A.M.


8:30 A.M.-8:45 A.M.

#541 Council on Aging

8:45 A.M.- 9:00 A.M.

#153 Human Resources / Temporary Staff

9:00 A.M.-9:15 A.M.

#171 Conservation

9:15 A.M.-9:30 A.M.

#510 Board of Health

9:30 A.M.- 10:00 A.M.

#610 Library

10:00 A.M.- 11:00 A.M.


#241Building Inspector

#242 Gas Inspector

#243 Plumbing Inspector

#244Sealer of Weights and Measures

#245 Wiring Inspector

#296Animal Inspector

#292Animal Control

11:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

#161Town Clerk

#162 Election & Registration

11:30 A.M.-12 Noon

#175 Planning Board

#176 Zoning Board of Appeals

12 Noon- 1:00 P.M.


1:00 P.M.-

#131 Finance Committee

#132 Reserve Fund

#166 Cable TV

#191 Farnumsville Fire House

#192 South Grafton Community House

#650 Nelson Library


Saturday, April 01, 2017 beginning at 8:30 A.M.

#114 Town Moderator

#291 Emergency Management

#122 Board of Selectmen

#123 Town Administrator

#151 Legal

#156 Copiers

#193 Municipal

#195 Unclassified

#196 Fuel/Gasoline

#421 Sanitation

#423Snow and Ice

#424 Streetlighting

#542 Together We Can

#710 Debt Service- Principal

#750 Debt Service-Interest

CIPC   Capital Budget for FY18

Capital Budget status FY17

Review of any proposed FY18 budgets that have not been reconciled

Review of the FY18 budget final numbers for operating and capital in preparation for May Town meeting.

Review of the List of open Warrant articles:

Current status of projects and current balances

Review of the List of open Warrant articles to be used for May 2017 Town Meeting

Capital Budget FY18




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