Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hunt cancelled

Norfolk Hunt Club cancelled its Thanksgiving day hunt.  I did find others who had come from Uxbridge and North Attleboro, who were tailgating at the locked entrance to the race course area.

Osler L. Peterson, Esq.
580 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458
T 617.969.1501
M 508.359.9190
F 617.663.6008

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BoS on 12/2/15

Tuesday December 2, 2014 @ 7:00 PM


FY2016 Budget reviews:

7:00 PM   Town Clerk

7:10 PM    Council on Aging

7:20 PM   Inspection Department

Police Chief to discuss personnel hiring
Other business that may arise

Superintendent’s blog

The Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Marsden, has started a monthly blog, which is now into its second month, and which I highly recommend.  This month Jeff explains the issues behind the changes in the music program at the Dale Street School, which gave me the information I needed to appreciate the issues of the situation and to better understand the solution that has been crafted. I also liked the solution of appointing a citizen and schools committee to study whether the current solution is the right one.

I do not usually get to see the School Committee meetings on Medfield.TV, so I greatly appreciate having Jeff write about what is going on and pushing that information out to me to read on my own schedule, when I am able.  This is exactly how the town should be delivering information to its residents on how their town is being run.

The town government should exist to get its residents the services that they want and are willing to pay to have, but in the process of doing that, those running the town government must figure out exactly which services those are and in which amounts the residents both want the services and are willing to pay for them.  The first step towards accomplishing that goal is by making sure the residents have full information on which to make their decisions, and Jeff’s blog is a great step towards making information available to we residents.

To me this blog is a huge step in getting me the type of information that I, as both a resident and a parent, want about the schools, delivered in a format that works well for me, and so I applaud Jeff for starting the blog.  Thanks Jeff!  You have made me one happy reader


Zullo Gallery opening this evening

Tax rate was approved

Email from Mike –

The tax rate for fy15 was approved today by the Dept. of Revenue. It is $16.04, which is a decrease of $0.08 from the  $16.12 fy 14 rate. However, the property values on average increased by 5%, so the levy increase is about 4% and if you take out new growth about 3%. The Propositions 2 1/2 levy limit looks greater than it is because we included $155,000 in the levy, which is 1/2 of the first annual installment for the hospital purchase. Since it is an override debt exclusion it increases the allowable levy limit, but the funds to cover the %155,000 we raised by increasing the local receipts, so it raises the levy limit by that amount for just fy 15. Confusing ain’t it. Have a good weekend. Mike


Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:01 AM


Subject: Tax Rate Approval Notification

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services

Amy Pitter, Commissioner

Robert G. Nunes, Deputy Commissioner & Director of Municipal Affairs

Medfield Assessors                Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear Assessors:

The Fiscal Year 2015 tax rate has been certified by the Bureau of Accounts for Medfield.

The four pages of the tax rate recapitulation form and the levy limit worksheet (not

applicable to districts) are available on the Division of Local Services website:

Tax Rate Recapitulation Form

Levy Limit Worksheet

Page one of the tax rate recapitulation form includes the Director of Accounts’ electronic

signature and the date of approval. This letter is your notification of approval pursuant to

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, section 23. Please forward copies of this notification

to other officials as you deem appropriate.

We wish to thank you for your cooperation and assistance in the tax rate setting process.


Gerard D. Perry

Director of Accounts

Spaghetti with Santa tickets on sale

From the Medfield Music Association –

Tickets are now on sale for the Medfield Music Association’s Spaghetti with Santa fundraiser at the high school on Dec. 10. This is the 41st year for the event making it one of the oldest fundraisers in Medfield providing a beloved holiday tradition for hundreds of families. Two seatings are available: 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Park Street Books. Spaghetti with Santa has sold out for the past two years, so families are encouraged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.


You can now find the MMA on Facebook:

BoS on 11/25

Tuesday November 25, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

7:00PM   Medfield High School State Championship Boys Lacrosse Team Presentation of citations and
Town Pins

7:30 PM Historical Commission and Historic District Commission
Sign Memorandum of Agreement pertaining to the state hospital
Vote to appoint Brandie Erb, Lucille Fisher, Jean Mineo and Gene Rodgers to State Hospital Resource Committee

Proposed tax rate = $16.04

At the selectmen meeting this week the Assessors reported that they are submitting a tax rate of $16.04 to the Dept. of Revenue, for its required approval as the town’s FY 15 tax rate.  Last year the tax rate was $16.12.

Selectmen approved a unitary tax rate, which means the same rate for all property, rather than a higher rate for non-residential properties which results in only modest savings to homeowners but high impact on non-residential property – so great as to discourage such uses.  After voting the unitary tax rate the selectmen electronically transmitted the proposed tax rate data to the Dept. of Revenue for its certification.

The selectmen also received the unfortunate news that Medfield Assessor for over 25 years, Stan Bergeron, will be retiring come March.  Stan is a major reason why the Assessor’s office functions so well, and will be hard to replace.

This from the DOR DLS e-newsletter today –


By the Numbers

In order to provide an update on the progress of the ongoing tax rate and certification season, below please find an overview of the ongoing process. The following information is accurate as of close of business on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014:

Preliminary Certifications: 82 Communities Approved (97 Submitted)

Final Certification: 48 Communities

La4/ New Growth: 214 Approved (271 Submitted)

Tax Rates: 80 Approved

Balance Sheets: 225 Approved

Aggregate Free Cash Approved Total: $833,725,918


DOR on budget cuts

This from the Dept. of Revenue Division of Local Services’ e-newsletter –


Local Aid Impacts of 9C Reductions

Using his authority under MGL c. 29, s. 9C, Governor Patrick has reduced various state appropriations to executive department agencies, including some minor reductions to cherry sheet appropriations. The Division of Local Services has reviewed these reductions and concluded that they will not impact previous cherry sheet estimates materially given the magnitude of the reductions and the normal variation in some of these accounts during the course of the year. Therefore, DLS will not be revising cherry sheet estimates as a result and does not anticipate that these reductions will impact the ongoing municipal tax rate setting process.

The Governor has also filed legislation seeking permission to reduce Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) by $25.5 million. This reduction will not take effect until it is approved by the Legislature.

For additional information regarding these reductions and related actions, click here.

House speaker says ‘no” to municipal cuts

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

November 20, 2014


On Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation to impose a $25.5 million mid-year cut in Unrestricted General Government Aid, House Speaker Robert DeLeo issued a strong statement in opposition to the measure.

“Understanding the vital role cities and towns play in providing services and jobs, I will not support a reduction of unrestricted local aid,” said Speaker DeLeo.  “Local aid is integral to helping municipalities accurately assess and plan their budgets so they can contribute to the overall growth of the Commonwealth’s economy.”

The Speaker’s opposition to mid-year cuts to local aid will effectively kill the proposal for the remainder of the legislative session.  “This is very good news for communities across Massachusetts,” said MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith.  “We applaud and deeply appreciate the leadership of Speaker DeLeo and his colleagues in the Legislature for rejecting the Administration’s unwise and damaging proposal to slash unrestricted municipal aid.”

On Wednesday, November 19, the Governor announced his desire to close a $329 million state budget deficit by imposing over $65 million in mid-year cuts to cities and towns.  He used his statutory budget authority to reduce key municipal and education reimbursements and aid programs by $40.3 million, and filed legislation seeking a $25.5 million reduction in unrestricted local aid.  Speaker DeLeo’s opposition to the cut in unrestricted local aid will block that proposal, yet communities will still be hit with the $40.3 million reduction because the Governor Patrick can implement those cuts unilaterally without legislative approval.

The Governor’s $40.3 million in mid-year cuts to key municipal and education programs includes the following:

  • $18.7 million from regional school transportation, a 27% cut;
    • $7.1 million from the regionalization and efficiencies reserve, which will shelve most, if not all, of the Community Innovation Challenge Grant program;
    • $3.86 million from the Special Education Circuit Breaker program, a 1.5% cut;
    • $2.88 million from the Chapter 70 “Pothole” account, an 85% cut;
    • $2.24 million from vocational school transportation, a 100% cut;
    • $1.3 million from public school military mitigation grants, a 100% cut;
    • $1.2 million from charter school reimbursements, a 1.5% cut in a program that is already underfunded by $33 million;
    • $1.1 million from sewer rate relief funding, a 100% cut;
    • $1 million from extended learning time grants, a 6.8% cut;
    • $359 thousand from kindergarten expansion grants, a 1.5% cut;
    • $287 thousand from METCO, a 1.5% cut; and
    • $283 thousand from library aid, a 1.5% cut.

Every city, town and school district will be hit with one or more of these cuts.  In most cases, the cuts will feel deeper because the reductions are being implemented five months into the fiscal year.