Budget Information

Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea Proposed Annual Budget
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Click to view the FY 2019 Preliminary Budget Packet (pdf)

FY19 Budget Goals

Within the context of maintaining town services and staying within the limits of Proposition 2 1/2 (maximum property tax increase of 2.5%):

  • Solving the staffing deficiency within the Fire Department for the short term by adding an additional career fire fighter as a floater to fill vacant shifts; pursue regional options as a long-term solution.
  • Bolstering on-water patrol time in response to the heavy increases in boater activity.
  • Providing additional administrative support to enhance project management, long-range planning and exploration of new service delivery models (regionalization).
  • Improving the maintenance of all Town facilities and infrastructure through the advancement of a multi­-year capital plan and boosting general fund support for capital needs by 10-15% while not exceeding our levy limit; explore new financing approaches for the Town’s capital needs.
  • Continuing operational reviews to ensure we identify cost savings in the $150,000—$200,000 range and maximize efficiencies, including departmental operational audits and comparisons to “sister” communities.
  • Advancing a series of planning initiatives including the implementation of priority tasks contained in the new comprehensive master plan.
  • Providing strong outreach and information-sharing with residents. Foster more engagement with the citizens of Manchester in the decision-making process regarding critical town issues through greater use of social media and the Town’s website. Ensure adequate and timely communications regarding Town construction projects.
  • Working collaboratively with the regional school district as we continue to support the school operating budget while aiming to free up funds to help pay for a renovated or new Memorial School. 

Finance Committee Research Topics:

  1. Town Capital Project Funding Strategies
  2. Memorial School Project Funding Strategies
  3. Bolstering non-tax revenues
  4. Shared services opportunities

FY 2019 Budget Development Schedule

Below is the schedule for FY2019 budget development, culminating with a vote at Town Meeting on Monday, April 2. 

All meetings take place at Town Hall starting at 7pm unless otherwise noted.
Date Item
October 2017 Department heads formulate FY18 requests
Mon, Nov 6 Board of Selectmen Meeting: discuss FY19 budget goals and parameters
Wed, Nov 15 Finance Committee meeting with Board of Selectmen to discuss budget goals and processes
Nov 13 - 30 Finance Committee liaisons meet with Town Administrator and Accountant with department heads to formulate preliminary budget
Tues, Nov 29 School/Towns Summit Meeting:  operating budgets
Meeting takes place at Manchester Essex Regional High School
Tues, Dec 5 School Committee meeting: preliminary budget development
Meeting takes place at Manchester Essex Regional High School
Wed, Dec 13 School Committee preliminary budget public hearing
Meeting takes place at Manchester Essex Regional High School
Mon, Dec 18 Board of Selectmen/Finance Committee Special Joint Meeting and Public Forum:  preliminary
budget presentation
Tues, Dec 19 School/Towns Summit Meeting:  capital budgets
Meeting takes place at Manchester Essex Regional High School
Wed, Jan 3 Finance Committee Meeting:  discuss budgets and identify areas of concern; instruct liaisons to report back with clarifying information
Wed, Jan 10 Liaisons report back to full Finance Committee; identify which departmental 
budget line items need further discussion/review
Wed, Jan 17 School budget discussion at joint Board of Selectmen/Finance Committee meeting 
Wed, Jan 24 Finance Committee Meeting:  Reviews of needed items (with Department Heads as necessary - DPW)
Tues, Jan 30 School Committee Final Budget Hearing
Meeting takes place at Essex Elementary School
Wed, Jan 31 Finance Committee Meeting:  reviews of needed items (with Department Heads as necessary; review research topics)
Tues, Feb 6
tentative date
School Committee Meeting:  final MERSD budget vote
Meeting takes place at Manchester Essex Regional High School 
Wed, Feb 7 Finance Committee Meeting:  reviews of needed items (with Department Heads as necessary - Public Safety)
Wed, Feb 14 Finance Committee Meeting:  final capital budget review
Tues, Feb 20 Board of Selectmen Meeting:  Public Forum - Revised Town Budget Presentation, Discussion and Finalization
Mon, Feb 26 Board of Selectmen Meeting:  Draft Warrant discussion
Wed, Feb 28 Finance Committee Meeting:  Draft Warrant; open items; draft Finance Committee report
Mon, Mar 5 Board of Selectmen Meeting:  Annual Town Meeting Warrant finalized
Wed, Mar 7 Finance Committee Meeting:  Final Finance Committee report, open items, report to printer
Wed, Mar 14 Finance Committee Meeting:  Open Items as needed; final proof of Finance Committee report
Mon, Mar 19 Regular Board of Selectmen meeting; Scouts prepare to deliver reports
Wed, Mar 21 Finance Committee Meeting:  Open items if necessary
Sun, Mar 25 Warrants and Town Report delivered to all households
Mon, Mar 26 Special Board of Selectmen Meeting, if necessary
Wed, Mar 28 Finance Committee Meeting:  Open items if necessary
Sat, Mar 31
Pre-Town Meeting Review
Mon, Apr 2 Annual Town Meeting (pre-meeting at 6pm)
Meeting takes place at Memorial School

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