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Shrewsbury board mulls finances for FY 2012

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen held brief hearings Oct. 25 before convening into a round-table format to discuss financial issues forecast for the next municipal budget.

Among the hearings at the brief portion of the formal meeting was a request from Price Chopper to be granted a business license that would allow it to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Store Manager Tammie Sullivan informed the board the plan is to open the new Price Chopper grocery store, which is located on the corner of South Street and Route 9 Tuesday, Nov. 2. The license was granted unanimously by the board.

Last month Price Chopper officials went before the board to request a license to sell beer and wine at the new location. The license was ultimately approved. Price Chopper representatives told the board the store would have tight security both in-store at registers, as well as outside during the delivery of beverages.

Town Manager Dan Morgado reminded Sullivan that the store’s grand opening Nov. 2 falls on the same day as Election Day and that a voting precinct is down the street from the building. Sullivan said he plans to have additional police detail on that day to handle increased traffic that may arise.

After a brief recess, the board reconvened into a financial workshop to hear from Morgado about issues Shrewsbury is facing when creating a budget for fiscal year (FY) 2012. One of the points Morgado brought before the board was the issue of Shrewsbury’s tax levy, which he wanted to examine to ensure the town is making full use of its levy capacity. A tax levy is a percentage of an total assessed value of a property. Morgado said Shrewsbury is 60th from the bottom of a list of municipalities in Massachusetts when it comes to tax levy.

“There are 291 communities that have a higher level of taxation relative to the assessed valuation that exists there,” he said.

Morgado further noted the tax burden in Shrewsbury is “extremely modest by every measure out there.”

Other highlights included discussion of education funding issues. Morgado informed the board that fewer Shrewsbury students are opting to go to charter schools in nearby towns than in previous years. He said the trend is an important one to watch because town dollars not only follow the student to the charter facility, but state subsidies are also taken away when students attend other schools.

When it came to discussion about school budget funding, Selectman John Lebeaux said he preferred to defer to school officials and the School Committee for recommendations of what financing issues they forecast for 2012.

“I was a consumer as a parent for many years,” Lebeaux said. “They know what they do better than we do.”

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