We plan to dig into the details of the Town and School budgets, analyze what we find and present those findings to our members and the public at large. In addition, we will monitor all Town and School public meetings that have financial implications and share concise and timely summaries of those meetings with the taxpaying public. With these two strategies, we hope to help the voters to better understand Town and School finances and become part of the decision-making process.
Steering Committee formed
For this group to make an impact, we needed to assemble a core group of individuals who could address policy issues, adopt guiding principles and oversee our activities. We have assembled a group of seven Scarborough residents with diverse backgrounds but a common interest in assuring that our real estate taxes are arrived at in a well-understood, common-sense and reasonable manner.
The initial SMARTaxes Steering Committee members and their responsibilities are:
Bob Rovner, Co-Chair
Mike Turek, Co-Chair
Joanne Mahoney, Public Meetings Coordinator
Annalee Rosenblatt, School Budget Coordinator
Jonathan Tudor, Technical Coordinator
The Steering Committee’s first priority is to prepare a charter that will lay out the group’s mission, guiding principles and strategic direction.
working group formed
In addition to the Steering Committee, nearly 30 individuals have volunteered to join our “Working Group.” The members of the Working Group will join specific Task Groups that will review and analyze budgets, attend Town and School public meetings, and otherwise help us achieve our mission. We hope that several of the Task Groups will be up and running by the end of July.
It’s not too late to join the Working Group! If you have an interest in rolling up your sleeves and getting involved, please contact us at ScarboroughTaxes@yahoo.com. We have lots to do!
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