Although Selectmen discussed for almost two hours where and how to make additional cuts to the budget, in the end it was approved as presented. Finance Director Lynne Barrett:
“The Selectmen approved a general fund operating budget of a $167.6 million and that is a reduction from two weeks ago of approximately $201,000.”
Town Manager Melissa Arrighi’s revised budget does result in a cut in taxes:
“The average tax bill on the former budget that I recommended, the taxes would have gone up by $231—for the average home and that’s an estimate at this time. Now that estimate has been reduced to about $224 dollars.”
Selectman Belinda Brewster, while agreeing with other Board members that the budget is well thought out, proceeded to think it out even further. She noted that the town offers 15 days of sick leave and that many in the private sector have none at all. She suggested that in the future salaries and benefits could be addressed.
Town Manager Arrighi:
“I don’t anticipate that we will be able to reduce this budget over the next couple of years—even in thinking outside the box as the Selectmen would like because you’re a growing community, here in Plymouth, and you do have probably a new school coming on line.”