It may become easier for towns to figure out certain budget numbers if a new proposal becomes law. Senator Jeff Van Drew bill passed the full Senate that would change the calendar on tax appeals. The key to the legislation is in changing the calendar for assessments and appeals so that appeals are decided before the adoption of a municipal budget. The proposal calls for a pilot program to be started before any decisions to expand it. Since appeals are often decided after a municipality has crafted its budget, towns and cities are left scrambling to fill the budget gap.