Monday, January 21, 2013
Several openings are available for town residents interested in serving on a Watertown board.
Monday, January 21
The following information was provided by the Watertown Town Manager's Office: Town Manager Michael J. Driscoll is seeking Watertown citizens interested in serving on the following Town Boards, Commissions and Committees with appointment dates in February 2013 in accordance with Ordinance # 2007-46, an Ordinance on the Timing and Process of Appointments to Town Boards, Commissions and Committees. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume or other information concerning background or experience by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Town Manager's Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472. See the following vacancies on the boards and the term length below: Board of Health One Member, …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Special elections, Walmart and the teachers' contract were all part of the town's politics this year.
Political stories were aplenty in Watertown in 2011, including a double helping of special elections, Walmart and teachers contracts.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Town Council approved the same rate for owner-occupied and rental properties.
After three straight years of tax increases of just over 2 percent, Watertown's residential property tax rates will rise 4.25 percent in Fiscal 2012. The new rate means the bill on the average home, assessed at $410,554, would be $4,730, or a rate of $14.40 per $1,000 of assessed value, said Francis Golden, the chairman of the Board of Assessors. The Commercial rate will rise 0.77 percent to $26.64 per $1,000 of assessed value, Golden said. The Town Council voted to approve the rate Tuesday night, which includes a 175 percent shift of the tax burden from residents to commercial, industrial and personal property taxes along with a 20 percent exemption for owner-occupied properties. The town can give even greater exemptions to owner-occupied…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Town Manager Michael Driscoll presented his forecast of the town's revenues and expenditures for next year's budget.
The town faces a shortfall of $1.3 million in the preliminary Fiscal 2013 budget presented by Town Manager Michael Driscoll at Wednesday's Town Council meeting, but in April, he had forecast an even bleaker picture, with a $2.4 million deficit. The town's revenues will grow by $1.6 million over Fiscal 2012 to , the current budget year, but Driscoll said the increase will not keep pace with the growing town expenses. The growth brings the town's revenues to $101.8 million, but the expenditures are forecast to rise $2.95 million to $103.15 million, Driscoll said. At this time last year, the shortfall was even larger, at $3.4 million, Driscoll said. While making the budget, Driscoll said he looked to provide the best services and balance the …