He said the board is essentially raising the bar that departments will have to clear to justify these expenses.
Board member Chris Koetzle said when he joined the board last year, he was skeptical of a budget process that allowed "wish lists" from all town departments. He said even though it was a way of making department heads prioritize, it was a system that would continue to raise taxes at a level that people can no longer afford. He said he wants to do away with the wish lists.
"If we ask our departments to take an approach of what is absolutely essential, it doesn't start us out at raising taxes no matter what. It's not going to be the difference between a high tax rate and an even higher tax rate," said Koetzle.
The board also announced a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Town Hall to discuss the proposed zoning change at 69 Saratoga Road and 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 Dover Place. Bordeau Builders is proposing to construct an 18-unit apartment building at 69 Saratoga Road.""