Abington: Annual Town Meeting votes in budget, temporary medical marijuana moratorium

Abington held their annual town meeting Monday night and focused on the fiscal 2014 operating budget and a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

A sparse crowd of just over 150 people attended, just making it over the required quorum of 150 people.

Town meeting approved a $40.2 million fiscal 2014 operating budget without debate.

Finance Committee Chair Maureen Jansen said town departments came to a consensus on how to make up a $1.1 million deficit in the former town manager’s budget proposal.

“The proposal on that town manager’s budget had about $1.1 million more in expenditure that we can actually cover with our revenues. So over the last six weeks or so, the finance committee, board of selectmen, department heads and finance team worked together to try to find a way to whittle that down”.

Jansen said they were able to bring that number down to $535,000 – which town meeting voted to borrow from stabilization to cover last winter’s snow and ice budget deficit.

“We got it down to about $535,000, which at the point was either a matter of cutting some very significant positions or using stabilization. I’m really pleased that the town realized that short term borrowing from stabilization was the way to go,” Jansen explained.

The town plans to replace that money from stabilization with free cash in the fall.

Town meeting also voted yes to a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and finished up all the articles on the warrant.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.