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Results of School Budget Validation Referendum

posted Jul 25, 2017, 6:36 PM by Tody Justice

Please see attached document for Election Results for the School Budget Validation Referendum held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

A Letter From Town Manager Thomas Hall Regarding Town Budget

posted Jul 14, 2017, 7:53 AM by Town Webmaster

As Scarborough yet again is in the middle of a protracted budget process, I thought it may be helpful to share my perspective as your Town Manager. Over the last three years, we have instituted a series of improvements to the budget process intended to add transparency, inclusiveness and clarity. These changes have included a new budget format, a public budget forum, and a budget portal. The current budget process and final product was the best I have experienced during my nine-year tenure in Scarborough. Though some are wary of the “One Town, One Budget” approach and have characterized it as a gimmick, I believe a collaborative and inclusive approach is essential as we are all in this together.

Despite significant process improvements and what I believed was a good budget product, the first vote on the school budget was a resounding rebuke by the voters. The voters have spoken very clearly and as Town leaders we need to listen or we are likely to repeat the same mistake again. Your elected leaders return a budget for voter consideration that provides meaningful and more than a good faith effort to respond to the voters, which allows additional school spending of 2.88% over last year. This may still seem like a lot to some, but given the fact that nearly 75% of school spending relates to human capital (teachers, support staff, administration) I am pleased, and somewhat impressed, that they are able to control spending to this level. Although it is tempting, it is simply not realistic or prudent to believe that significant additional reductions in school spending can be made in the near term without having a direct impact in the classroom.

I continue to be amazed and impressed by citizen involvement in Scarborough. This input comes through all sorts of voices and perspectives. As regards the school budget, from those that are concerned with school spending, I hear legitimate concerns around three central topics: 1) the need for multi-year forecasting, 2) structural changes to the fundamentals of the School and Town organizations and 3) management of long-term debt. I generally agree that these are laudable goals and ones I am committed to advancing, but the reality is that material change in these areas requires a long-term strategy and effort which is simply not possible in the near term, certainly not as we work toward getting a school budget passed this summer. It is worth noting that Julie Kukenberger, our new Superintendent of Schools, has brought a different and refreshing perspective to the conversation. I believe Julie will do great things for Scarborough schools and our community, but she and the Board of Education need time and space to work, and most of all they need our collective support.

The voters have spoken, I believe we have listened and received the message, so now it is time to come together and move forward as a community. Let’s do what is right for Scarborough by supporting our schools and preserving our relationships so we can continue the conversation in the future.

Thomas Hall, Scarborough Town Manager

Scarborough Launches New Citizen Online Reporting Tool

posted Jul 11, 2017, 6:10 AM by Town Webmaster   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 8:36 AM ]

The Town of Scarborough is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile reporting tool, Scarborough Fix-It!  Powered by SeeClickFix, Scarborough Fix-It allows residents to report and track non-emergency issues directly to and through Town departments.  

To start, citizens may search for Scarborough Fix-It in the Apple App Store® for iPhones® or the Google Play Store® for Androids devices®, then download the free, customized application.  Through this app, users are able to submit requests and reports for a variety of different issues including graffiti, litter, noise, parking, potholes, street signs, beach issues, tree maintenance, and much more.  Users may also add a picture or video to the request as well as specific descriptions and pin a geographic location.  

Once submitted, citizens may follow and track their issues, receiving updates as progress is made and issues are resolved.  Users may also view and follow items reported by other constituents, commenting as necessary and voting on any issues of importance or interest to them. 

“I am very excited about this new tool for our citizens.  We have worked hard over the past few years to provide more transparency and responsiveness in all that we do within the municipal government – Scarborough Fix-It gives our constituents direct contact with our service departments,” said Town Manager Tom Hall.  “We expect this tool will streamline communications and with Scarborough Fix-It’s robust reporting, we hope to create efficiencies through improved asset and resource management.”

The easy-to-use, intuitive platform will be available to residents not just through mobile apps, but may also be accessed online at scarboroughmaine.org/fixit.

Waste Collection Schedule - Week of July 4th, 2017

posted Jul 3, 2017, 6:23 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

Please see the attached flyer for the schedule that is in effect for this Fourth of July week.  Have a safe Fourth of July celebration.

Scarborough Fireworks Ordinance Reminder

posted Jun 30, 2017, 12:57 PM by Town Webmaster

Reminder from the Scarborough Fire Department:

Fireworks may be used in Scarborough during restricted times on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2017, during the following times:
  • July 3 and July 5: Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m.
  • July 4: beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. on July 5
Please note: a revised fireworks ordinance will take effect on July 20, 2017. Click the link below to view the ordinance.

Revised Budget Proposal Adopted by Town Council 1st Reading - June 21, 2017

posted Jun 28, 2017, 12:42 PM by Colette Mathieson

Please see attached document for revised budget information.

Scarborough School Budget - Upcoming Dates of Importance

posted Jun 23, 2017, 11:57 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 4:50 AM ]

    
      Upcoming Dates

 June 28 - Public Hearing on FY18 School Budget
      7:00 p.m. - Town Hall     
➤ July 5th - Public Hearing on FY18 School Budget 
      6:00 p.m. - Town Hall 
July 5th - School Board Special Meeting                                                

      Immediately following the Town Council Meeting - Town Hall


July 25th - School Budget Validation Referendum Vote 7:00 a.m. - 

      8:00 p.m.





 



      

 




School Budget Validation Referendum Election - Tuesday, July 25th

posted Jun 23, 2017, 5:32 AM by Tody Justice   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 4:30 AM ]

Voting will take place in Town Council Chambers at the Scarborough Municipal Building located at 259 US Route One from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25,

2017.

 

The Absentee Ballot [Sample ballot below] for the School Budget Validation Referendum Election is available in the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. HOWEVER, any Absentee Ballot issued between Thursday, June 22nd through to Wednesday, July 5th cannot be return until the Town Council adopts the FY2018 Municipal/School Budget, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 5th. Therefore, your ballot can not be returned until Thursday, July 6th. 

 

Voting in the presence of the Town Clerk without a reason will begin on Thursday, July 6th and end on Thursday, July 20th during regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, except for the first and third Wednesday, we are open until 6:30 p.m.

 

The voter may request an absentee ballot by completing the Application for an Absentee Ballot [see below] and mailing it to the Scarborough Town Clerk's Office at P.O. Box 360, Scarborough, ME 04070-0360 or the voter can contact the Town Clerk's Office at 207-730-4020 to make their request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

 

As of Friday, July 21st and Monday, July 24th the voter must fill out a ‘Special Circumstance Application” and check the appropriate box that applies:

I will be absent from my municipality of residence unexpectedly during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.

I have a physical disability.

      I am unable to leave my home or treatment facility due to an incapacity or illness;

      I am a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct and am unable to travel to the Polls.

 

Detailed information about the school budget may be found on the Scarborough Schools Web site: http://www.scarboroughschools.org/board-of-education/budget

 


* Extended Schedule for Paving in Eight Corners Area - June 23rd

posted Jun 20, 2017, 3:34 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 12:41 PM ]

It has become necessary to extend Paving one more day in the Eight Corners Area of Gorham Road to include Friday, June 23, 2017. Expect traffic delays due to alternating single-lane traffic and detours.  Please seek alternate routes during this time.
 
 
  
   

Soil Test Borings - Gorham Road: June 27 - 30

posted Jun 20, 2017, 3:24 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 3:26 AM ]

Soil test borings are scheduled on Gorham Road June 27-30.  The work is scheduled to start at 8:30 A.M. each morning.  Two way traffic will be maintained
during the scheduled soil test borings. This work is being done as part of a utility pipeline design process.  The work area will be from Maple Avenue to Hannaford Drive.

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