Robert Hiss

Town Moderator Robert Hiss 

Milton’s first virtual Town Meeting began the work of voting on a roughly $128 million budget on June 15 as members heard several presentations that anchored the town’s economics and budgets within the context of recent events.

The presentations included those concerning the impacts of the coronavirus on the health of residents and the budgets of the town. They also included several statements on racial equality and an explanation of the Milton Police Department’s priorities and standards.

School officials also spoke about the continuing fluidity surrounding their plans for the fall and the uncertainty of the costs that will accompany them as they continue to see growing enrollments.

Town Meeting members participating via the Zoom conferencing application made their way through 21 articles.

The articles included about 15 which were part of a consent agenda that had been assembled by Town Moderator Bob Hiss.

Members asked to remove 10 items from the consent agenda including budgets for police, schools, and public works.

A few minor hiccups, such as people needing reminders to unmute themselves, appear to have taken place during the meeting.

Among the measures approved was Article 5, which called on the town pulling $1 million of its “rainy day” funds to pay for operating expenses for the upcoming fiscal year.

(For more information about Town Meeting and the town election read the Milton Times in print and at our e-edition.)

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