Budget Committee

Please note that we take public comment at the beginning of our meetings, or via the link shown below the list of member names. Any comments sent to us will be read at our next regular meeting.

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • 4th Tuesday of each month and as needed during Budget Season
  • York Public Library

The committee meets to monitor the implementation of the budgets and to become familiar with the accounting methods and issues as well as progress on the budgets.

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The York Budget Committee consists of seven members elected by York voters to serve three year terms. The terms are staggered so that two or three members are elected each year.

Two committee members are assigned as liaisons with the Town Manager and Finance Director, two members work as liaison with the School Department and one member is assigned to the Library. In the late summer and fall, we meet at least once with Department Heads at our monthly meetings to better understand departmental issues and concerns.

Capital Planning Committee Meetings

In addition to the liaison assignments, two budget committee members are assigned to the Capital Planning Committee that meets from September to December. In the past year some committee members have participated in Capital Building Committees.

History of the Committee

From the time the School Consolidation Law was enacted in 2007 to May 2016, the School Budget had been approved by the School Committee and reviewed by the Budget Committee with no ability to make any changes. The budget was then presented to a School Town Meeting as twelve warrant articles. The result of that meeting was then submitted to voters as one question on the May Budget Referendum for their approval.

In May 2016, the voters approved a return to the procedures for approving the School Budget as outlined in the York Town Charter. This allows the Budget Committee to adjust the dollar amount in any warrant article in the School Budget. The twelve warrant articles go on the ballot at the May Budget Referendum.  In May 2019, the voters again approved Budget Committee oversight of the school budget as outlined in the York Town Charter.


All Budget Committee meetings are televised. Up until June 2019, we met on the 3rd Thursday of every month. At our June 2019 the committee voted to move our meetings to the 4th Tuesday of every month, starting in July 2019.

Voters and residents are invited to make public comments at every meeting during the regular season. On occasion, we have high school students attend our meetings as part of their classwork. We encourage all citizens to attend our meetings, ask questions, and speak to us about their concerns regarding the budgets.

Budget Season

In January and February the Budget Committee conducts its annual review of the next fiscal year’s budgets. We hold hearings on the Town, School, and Library budgets, along with discussion and review of capital items.

We are scheduled to meet every Tuesday and Thursday during budget season, with the third week in February used only in case of snow cancellations. Presentations are made at all levels, from Department Heads and Principals to the Town Manager and School Superintendent. The Committee works collaboratively with the appropriate departments and committees to determine the best use of available funds.

During budget season, the Budget Committee can, and has, amended budget line items up and down based on previous expenditures and anticipated need.

When the reviews are completed, the Budget Committee then votes to approve, increase or decrease each Town and School warrant item. We then take preference votes on each monetary warrant article.


It is the goal of the committee to be as transparent as possible, so that the citizens of York can be well informed.

It is important to note that, due to SEC regulations much of the financial data that we use is not available online, and what we publish is subject to review, so that we do not misrepresent the town’s financial position to any possible investors.

Respectfully Submitted, 

Nan Graves, Chair

  • Nan Graves, Chair
    Term Expires: Town Meeting 2024
    Phone: 207-363-3997

  • Marla Johnson, Vice-Chair
    Term Expires: Town Meeting 2023
    P.O. Box 451
    York, ME 03909
    Phone: 714-904-3295

  • James Smith, Secretary
    Term Expires: Town Meeting 2022
    P.O. Box 226
    York Harbor, ME 03911

  • Heather Bridges Campbell
    Term Expires: Town Meeting 2024
    Phone: 603-502-4158

  • Michael Spencer
    Term Expires: Town Meeting 2023

  • Christine Brown
    Term Expires: Town Meeting 2024

  • Christine Hartwell
    Term Expires: Town Meeting 2022
    57 Woodside Meadow
    York, ME 03909

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Budget Meeting Line Up Department Heads

Cost Center Summary Updated 1-24-22

FY23 Budget Summary Updated 2-3-22