The League of Women voters of Westford supports a local budget process that includes the continuous and ongoing exploration and use of ways to provide Westford’s essential public services. The League supports the investigation of options, which include:
- Annual evaluation of justification of department requests
- Classification (different tax burdens on different types of property)
- Property-tax deferrals for low-income residents
- Additional sources of revenue, e.g., fees, local option taxes, and mechanisms built into Proposition 2 1/2.
The League supports a process involving the cooperation of various town departments in planning for both current budget needs and long-range financial requirements.
The League supports consistent reporting of annual budget appropriations and expenditures in a central location.