Hillsborough’s Board of Commissioners will meet Monday for a budget retreat, marking the start of the budget process.
Mayor Tom Stevens says residents shouldn’t expect too many major changes in the coming fiscal year.
“Most of all these budgets are on automatic pilot, so there’s not a ton of wiggle room” says Stevens. “We don’t think we’re going to be adding a lot of new things; there’s a number of capital infrastructure things we’d like to do.”
Among those projects being discussed are a new police department and public works facility.
Hillsborough’s budget comes from both tax dollars and utility fees, and while Stevens says the town would like to avoid raising either, costs could be coming up in the next several years.
“We also know that we have a lot of demand with more people moving into town, a huge demand on services, and we need some more personnel,” says Stevens.
The two big ticket items are the new reservoir and waste water treatment plant, which is already under construction.
The budget will be finalized in June.
Monday’s budget retreat is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex meeting room. More information is available here.