There are competing budget articles submitted for the upcoming Special Town Meeting, one by petitioners, the other by the Board of Selectmen. The text of the articles is available at this link, and included here below:


PETITIONERS' ARTICLES FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING FILED WITH REQUEST FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING ON OCTOBER 7, 2011:

We, the undersigned petitioners, respectfully request that the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Wayland call a Special Town Meeting within forty-five days after receipt of this petition and insert in the warrant therefor all subjects appearing in this petition.

To determine, notwithstanding any prior action of this or any other town meeting, whether the Town will reconsider the sources of funding the Fiscal Year 2012 operating budget by reducing the portion of the budget to be raised by taxation and increasing the portion to be transferred from unreserved fund balance (i.e., free cash), leaving the total budget unchanged. This article calls only for reconsidering the funding of the operating budget (so as to achieve a reduction in the real estate tax rate) and not the budget itself.

To determine whether the Town will vote to amend Chapter 19 of the Town Code by adding the following new section thereto: “At least seven days before any information pertaining to fixing any tax rate for any fiscal year is submitted to the Commissioner of Revenue for approval, the Board of Assessors shall conduct a public hearing to give interested citizens an opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed tax rate(s). At least seven days before the hearing, such information, together with the date, time, and place of the hearing, shall be posted on the Town’s website and in a conspicuous place in the Wayland Town Building.”

ARTICLE VOTED FOR INSERTION BY BOARD OF SELECTMEN
AMEND FY 2012 BUDGET FUNDING SOURCES

To determine whether the Town will vote to amend its vote under Article 6 of the Warrant for the 2012 Annual Town Meeting relative to the Fiscal Year 2012 Omnibus Operating Budget by decreasing the amount to be raised by taxation by $1,000,000 and increasing the amount to be transferred from the unreserved fund balance of the General Fund by $1,000,000, without making any changes to the amounts appropriated under said Article 6.

Authorized for submission by vote of Board of Selectmen, 4-0, on October 11, 2011.

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Below we have posted an article by the Finance Committee on the topic of the budget, and comments from the lead petitioner advocating for the Petitioners' article.