2022 Council Goals
In January of each year, Town Councils holds a goals workshop to develop their priority initiatives for the year ahead. Their goals for 2022 are as follows:
1) Advance long-term facilities planning; prioritizing a Community Center/Pool/Hub and partnering with the Board of Education on school facility needs.
2) Leverage the town-wide community survey to identify actionable improvements with continued public engagement and communication.
3) Take action to improve housing affordability.
4) Update/modernize Impact Fees.
5) Continued Fiscal Health and Sustainability:
- < 3% mil rate increase;
- < 5% gross budget increase;
- < 15% debt service as a % of operating budget
- Optimize utilization of Tax Increment Financing Districts
6) Review Charter Committee recommendations and approve revisions to be included on the November 2022 Ballot.
By Don Hamill, Town Councilor
We are facing some big choices with several large capital projects looming on the horizon. As of this date, we have not prioritized these projects for Scarborough, despite being very far along in our annual budget cycle.
By John Cloutier, Town Council Chair
As we approach the midpoint of my term as Scarborough’s Town Council Chair, I thought it would be timely to highlight some of our work to date.
By Jon Anderson
The Council and the Town try very hard to communicate to the public and have made great strides over recent years. However, there are always opportunities for improvement, especially as it relates to effective two-way communication and dialogue between the Council and the residents. Councilor Sither and I hosted the first Councilor Corner Live on March 31. We REALLY jumped into the deep end and decided to focus on growth.
By April Sither
On Wednesday, March 30, the Town Manager and Superintendent presented an overview of the FY23 budget to the Town Council. For many of us in town, this presentation represents the official kickoff of what we commonly refer to as “budget season.” This high level snapshot is just the beginning of our budget adoption process, which will include first reading, Finance Committee meetings, a public hearing, community roundtables, second reading, and ultimately a school budget referendum scheduled for Tuesday, June 14.
By Jean-Marie Caterina
The Charter is essentially the “Constitution” of Scarborough. It defines our nature of governance and the establishment of the legislative bodies of the town – the Town Council and Board of Education. A review of the Charter is required every ten years (Article X, Section 1008). In 2021, the Town Council established a committee to undertake this review process. This committee met regularly in early 2021 and crafted a set of final recommendations for the Town Council.
Council Chair Reports
Every few months, the Town Council Chair provides a full update to councilors on anticipated upcoming agenda items, current and future initiatives, and a general timeline for action items on current issues. These reports give a comprehensive look at the most timely issues under Town Council review.