Town Budget Process Position – 1990

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.