Abington: FY15 budget process underway

Abington is in the beginning stages of the fiscal year 2015 budgeting process.

Town Manager Rick LaFond put together a packet of documents for a conceptual view of the FY15 budget.

“This is really conceptual in terms of the big picture,” LaFond said, “There are different needs, wants, priorities that clearly aren’t going to fit within that…It is the nature of the beast; it’s nothing new to Abington.”

LaFond added that the current fiscal year began with a structural gap when the town voted to use $536,000 of stabilization money to help offset primarily the over expenditure in snow and ice removal.

“I don’t want people to have a false sense of the town’s fiscal structure at the moment,” LaFond said, “People have to be realistic that it’s probably not the year where there’s going to be opportunity to deal with additional priorities.”

LaFond has been meeting with department heads this week. He will have compiled binders with budget requests from all of the departments within the next week.

LaFond plans to have a preliminary budget proposal by mid-late February.

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About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.