noun: windfall; plural noun: windfalls
an apple or other fruit blown down from a tree or bush by the wind.
a piece of unexpected good fortune, typically one that involves receiving a large amount of money.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Now Templeton is informed there is a "windfall"; that there will be certified free cash as soon as the May Annual Town Meeting (May 13th).
In a recent Gardner News article John Caplis is quoted :" Selectman Chairman John Caplis said they were "all in agreement" with this, and that this money "was not going to be spent- period."
in reference to the "windfall".
So who to believe?
The draft warrant for the annual town meeting was also distributed at the Joint Budget Meeting last Thursday (3/16/17). There are 28 draft articles in all. There is not an article to place the "windfall" money into stabilization.
Stabilization is the account where you place money you do not intend to spend. You figure it out.
The budget presented is precariously balanced on certain assumptions. Those assumptions being:
The elimination of the COA director, Meals on Wheels program and the new job description of "Director of Community Services" who will be in charge of four divisions:
1. Division of Boynton Public Library
2. Division of Senior Services
3. Division of Recreation and Culture
4. Division of Veterans Services
Looking at recent history in trying to hire a Fire Chief and a Town Administrator, it may prove very difficult in finding an individual who could fulfill all of these job requirements. Just sayin'
This is in addition to the money grab ($325,000) from the Ambulance Receipts Reserved account to be transferred for appropriation.
So what is the plan to pay for a new ambulance? Gotta keep the cash cow fed or there will be no money going into the Ambulance Receipts Reserved account. Might want to look a little more closely at that Capital Plan.