The town crank has proposed the following motion for my town meeting.
Is this legal? I get that the town budget can be approved or rejected, but can they eliminate funding for everything except the contract?
I move to eliminate all proposed funding in Article 18 for the sub total line on page 52 under the heading EDUCATION, Line item, School Budget and subtotal in amount of $36,847,861 or _________________________, as it presently contains initial funding for a “Proposed Contract” entitled “AGREEMENT between the NORTH ANDOVER SCHOOL COMMITTEE and the NORTH ANDOVER TEACHERS UNION 2011 – 2014, made and entered into as of September 1, 2011 for the period September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2014, and by doing so, have North Andover’s 2011 Annual Town Meeting refuse to give required legislative approval BY PROVIDING INITIAL FUNDING for Proposed Contract and prevent its provisions and any other labor contracts contained in the amount therein from becoming effective and binding on the Town of North Andover.
MOTION TO PUT IN NEW LINE ITEM ENTITLED “TOWN MEETING’S N A PUBLIC SCHOOLS”.
I move to create a new line item in Article 18 entitled TOWN MEETING’S, N A PUBLIC SCHOOLS in the amount of $36,847,860 (or __________________________) with a corresponding sub-total in the same amount and to have Town Meeting affirm that this line item and subtotal do not contain any initial funding for any new proposed labor contracts previously rejected by Town Meeting and sent back for collective bargaining