2019-01-11 / In the Know

Stay connected and stay informed

By Larissa Crockett Special to the Leader

The town of Scarborough is committed to engaging with our residents and business community as often and in as many ways as possible. Our doors are always open, a real live person answers the phone when you call and there is almost always a meeting to attend during the week if that’s your thing.

This column in the Leader is a much appreciated resource, but we need to be able to share information throughout the week so we work hard to keep our website, scarboroughmaine.org up to date and easy to navigate.

We also post frequently on our Facebook page, facebook.com/scarboroughmaine, with information ranging from Community Services events to solid waste schedule changes to blocked roadways. And twice each month we send out an e-newsletter to all those who subscribe.

The e-newsletter contains articles from all of our departments as well as articles from community organizations. The e-newsletter is a great way to keep up to date on what is happening with your local government and the people of your community.

It’s easy to sign up from our website; go to scarboroughmaine.org/email-newsletter and click the Click Here to Subscribe button at the top of the page. Each newsletter includes quick reads and links to learn more so that you can decide how deep to dive on any individual topic.

If you have questions about an article there is a contact link that will connect you to us via email and a response will head your way as soon as possible.

We want to make sure you have the information you want and need. Help us get that information to you by liking us on Facebook and by signing up for the e-newsletter.

It’s time to start the budget process

You may remember a series of Listen to Learn sessions that we introduced last January. We are hosting these sessions again this year to kick off the fiscal year 2020 budget process.

Building a budget is an opportunity to identify priorities in our community and the best way for us to do that is to have input from those we serve.

To that end, Town Manager Tom Hall and Superintendent of Schools Julie Kukenberger invite you to come out and share your thoughts on the programs and services you value most and on those you think we may be able to do without or that need improvements.

These informal conversations are a great way to have your opinions heard and to have your questions answered.

There are three more sessions being held: Wednesday, Jan. 16, noon to 2 p.m., at Scarborough Public Library’s community room, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., in the town hall council chambers and on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wentworth School Learning Commons.

All comments and questions from each Listen to Learn session will be written down and a full list from all four sessions will be published on our website, Facebook page, and in the e-newsletter in February.

Hall and Kukenberger will present their budgets to the town council on Wednesday April 3 at the regularly scheduled town council meeting.

All budget materials, a calendar of the budget process, and an archive of past budgets are available on the Budget Portal section of the town and the school’s websites.

Following the formal budget presentation to council, residents will be asked to come provide feedback on the proposal through Neighborhood Budget Outreach meetings.

These meetings, which were introduced last year as a companion to the Listen to Learn sessions, will take place through April and early May at different locations and at different times of day to provide residents with as many opportunities as possible to share their thoughts regarding the budget proposal.

As soon as a schedule for these meetings is set the dates, times and locations will be posted to the Budget Portal, shared on Facebook and promoted in our e-newsletter.

If you have any questions, contact me at lcrockett@scarboroughmaine.org or 730- 4149.

Larissa Crockett is assistant town manager for Scarborough.

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