The City of Hudson ended 2020 with a $1.2 million deficit to be made up from the fund balance and started 2021 with a $11,854,329 budget, balanced with another half million from the fund balance. On Wednesday, an ad hoc committee of the Common Council will be meeting to discuss what City-owned buildings can be sold to replenish the fund balance. Still, in the face of the City's dire financial situation, Mayor Kamal Johnson, in presenting the 2021 budget to the Common Council, spoke of the commitment to not raise taxes for property owners in Hudson. The Hudson City School District, in discussing its budget for 2021-2022, appears to be showing no such commitment.
The HCSD Board of Education held its first budget workshop on Tuesday night, concurrent with the Common Council meeting. Gossips was not in attendance at the budget workshop, but a reader provided some intel from that meeting. Once again, HCSD is anticipating a budget of more than $50 million and talking about increasing the tax levy to the maximum allowable.
Only five members of the community participated in Tuesday's meeting, and only one asked any questions. The recording of the meeting has not yet been made available, but when it is, it can be found here.
Tuesday's meeting was the first of a series of budget workshops. Others will take place on:
- Tuesday, March 2, at 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 16, at 6:oo p.m.
- Tuesday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m.
Click here to review the entire budget development timeline.