Tuesday night, Hull Town Manager Phil Lemnios presented the fiscal 2013 budget to Selectmen and the Advisory Board and explained Hull was forced to turn away a fire department request to restore four firefighter positions, as well as a school department application to fund textbooks and supplies.
Though Lemnios anticipates state aid to increase 2.3%, he explained there’s not enough to make everyone happy, “We don’t have money. It’s as simple as that. We’re required to have a balanced budget and we’ve pushed this budget as far as we can on the revenue side.”
Hull Police, Board of Health, and Council on Aging all asked to restore staffing but were also denied.
However regionalization is paying off. A four-town regional dispatch center which includes Hull, Hingham, Norwell, and Cohasset opened in November and as a result Hull’s saving $125,000 in their 2013 budget.
Lemnios explained he’s hopeful about the new center though the police department still requires desk staff, “That front desk needs to be staffed so the actual cost for dispatch is going down and we ultimately think that cost will do down further if another community joins the regional dispatch center.”
Hull’s dispatch budget dropped 17% from last year. The new regional center is located in Hingham Town Hall.