At the April 30 budget meeting of the Groton Town RTM, a motion was made to approve $32,045,298 as the bottom line cap for the town operations portion of the budget. That number is the same as the current fiscal year, with the new intention of having the town manager himself, with his knowledge and experience, directly prioritizing and reallocating funds within that cap.
Supporters of the motion indicated their objective was to insulate the decision from arguments on specific line items and for tax increases to remain reasonable.
In the past, there has been reluctance on the part of some council and RTM representatives to vote "no" on certain programs, thus ending up with too large a budget and too large an increase to taxpayers.
I applaud the RTM members who proposed and supported this motion. It is, to my knowledge, the very first direct attempt to control the constantly escalating property taxes in Groton. And to those who opposed this motion, as the old saying goes, "if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem."