Selectboard logo, May 20, 2019

'... tax-collection rate at 99%.'
               -- Ida Cody
Town Comptroller Ida Cody presented the end-of-year budget report to the Select Board at its Sept. 28 meeting.

The report summarizes the revenue and expenditures for fiscal 2022, which ended June 30, 2022, for the general fund and five enterprise funds. To see the full report, click here >> 

In a memo to the Select Board and Finance Committee, Cody wrote that the overall general-fund spending level reached 96.6 percent and revenue collection 102.4 percent. She wrote that the revenue surplus and appropriation turnbacks increased the fund balance, and led to a significant increase in free cash. The Department of Revenue has certified $15,912,078, which is $4,833,649 higher than last year’s free cash. 

At the meeting, Cody said that all departments stayed within their budgets. “We have an excellent tax-collection rate of 99 percent. We have no issues with receivables or tax collection.”

Town Manager Sandy Pooler said that Arlington has strong financial departments that do an excellent job of collecting money that is owed. “Residents can feel confident that the people looking after their money are doing a good job.”

Pooler also said that the treasurer’s office is looking to put more things online, to be more modern and efficient, and make it easier for contractors. “We’ve had challenges with some of our software and vendors, and trouble connecting with the Registry of Motor Vehicles,” he said. “In time, we’ll be seeing a big increase in ticket revenue. Hopefully, we can increase our business corridors, but we’re mostly a residential town.”

“This report sums up a good year,” said board Chair Len Diggins.

Resident feedback

During the meeting’s open forum session, Elizabeth Dray, Precinct 10 Town Meeting member, expressed concern about overtime budgets for the inspection, fire and police departments that seem to be well over the appropriated funds. “It’s an ongoing problem, and I want to know what the departments are doing to control them, as we face a huge override to cover expenses,” she said.

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This news summary by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert was published Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. 

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