In Plymouth, the Board of Selectmen reviewed the budget development process for FY15 at their meeting this week. The Board asked the town manager for a budget based on a two and half percent increase instead of a planned 6% increase.
Town Manager Melissa Arrighi says Selectmen realize a two and a half percent increase means budget cuts:
“Now they understand—all five of them understood—that that will mean cuts to the FY15 budget or reductions to the FY 15 budget. However, they’d like to at least see what those reductions would be.”
The town manager talks about what a 6% increase would mean:
“In order to have the same number of employees they have now, the same services they have now, the same hours of operation and basically a status quo—with the exception of contractual raises—would result in an overall 6% increase.”
And at a 6% increase, Selectman Belinda Brewster commented that what that means is telling people their taxes will go up. She stated further that perhaps it was time step on what she called the third rail and talk about reductions in employee benefits. Selectmen meet next on July 2nd.