TRSD Default Budget AGAIN Larger than Proposed Budget

At Thursday night’s raucous school board meeting wherein Mr. Bealo cut the audio feed to the public twice, the board voted to add $40,000 back into the default budget.

This conveniently made the default budget $37,000 higher than the proposed budget.

Timberlane’s beleaguered taxpayers will be acutely aware than this is the third year in a row the district has given you no choice but to vote for the proposed budget.

I have been calling for a full accounting of the default budget by line item so I can understand how a default budget can possibly be higher than a proposed budget that is going up by 2%.

The SAU says they don’t have a line item version of the default budget. Your school board actually voted AGAINST requiring the SAU to provide one.  Stefanie Dube (Danville) and I were the only members of the board to want the SAU to demonstrate in specific detail how the default number was derived. (Sherman was absent during this vote.  Sapia abstained.)

This is how well your representatives safeguard your money and respect your right to an actual choice at the voting booth.

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4 responses to “TRSD Default Budget AGAIN Larger than Proposed Budget

  1. there is an RSA, if accepted by the legislative body (the voters), would require the Budget Committee to prepare the default budget. Might provide some clarity for line items, if adopted in future.

    • Ha! Timberlane’s budget committee suffers from the Stockholm Syndrome.
      Unfortunately, until our elected officials decide to insist on doing their job and gets the tools to be able to do it, no law is going to help us. Timberlane’s BUDcom had the entire budget under deliberation for about 4 hours. And they approved it before considering the revenue budget.

      • richard anthony

        Why isn’t it required that financial documents like the default budget be reviewed /audited by an outside accounting firm or at least prepared according to generally accepted accounting practices? At a minimum there should be a reconciliation to the source detailed data. That would be a bare minimum threshold fiduciary standard. Otherwise you can’t intelligently vote on it.

      • You’ve opened a can of worms there. The Dept. of Revenue is supposed to review the operating budgets for school districts but they have no authority whatsoever over default budgets. They collect the default budget form, the MS-DS, but they are not charged with reviewing it for accuracy. There is legislation before the House this year to require the DRA to review default budgets also but frankly I don’t think that will change much. The truth of the matter is that your elected officials are charged with creating and swearing to the default budget and they should be doing their duty. Auditors don’t get involved in future budgets. We need new auditors, too, at Timberlane, but that is another story.

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