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Report of the Finance Committee
Fiscal Year 1999
July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999


Meeting Schedule and Agenda Items of General Interest  
    The Budget Comparison graph shows the budget by the various divisions of the Ashby Town Government from the Fiscal Years of 1995 through 1999 inclusive. The 1995, 96, and 97 data is taken from the Original Budget lines in the Annual Town Reports, while the 1998 and 1999 numbers are from the FY98 Appropriated, and FY99 Finance Committee Recommendations shown in the Annual Town Meeting (ATM) Announcement. The Education category has been intentionally excluded, as those spending levels result from the North Middlesex Regional School District (NMRSD) assessments and debt service, as well as the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School assessment. Also not considered in the totals are the warrant articles that were accepted in addition to the budget.
    The Finance Committee budget recommendation for FY99 was $3,048,944. From this total, $1,828,596 was for education. Spending percentages for the remaining $1,220,348 by each department is shown in the FY99 Budget Percentages graph to indicate the relative allocations of budget. The Budget Summary section of the 1998 ATM publication can be used to see the various line items within each category.
    The Educational budget remains by far the greatest expenditure for the town. The total assessments for the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, and the NMRSD Assessment and debt service from years 1995 to 1999 is shown here. For FY99 Ashby had a 3.4% increase in the NMRSD assessment. The increase includes repairs to the underground oil tank at Hawthorne Brook, and the new gym floor at Ashby Elementary School.
    Town Revenues have been increasing on the average of approximately 6.3% per year for the past five years. Data here was taken from the Total Revenues Received columns of the Annual reports for 1995 through 1997, and the Finance Committee Estimated for the years FY1998 and FY1999.
Respectfully Submitted,