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May 1, 2013

Proposed budget funds fire, police, DPW positions

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“I was very fortunate,” Fowler said. “And I take this as a sign of the town’s commitment to moving the police department forward.”

According to the latest version of the budget presented to Warrant Advisory Committee members this week, Town Manager Neil Harrington and Finance Director Andrew Gould are projecting town revenues will grow by nearly $600,000, or 2.8 percent to cover the rise in expenses.

Tax revenues are expected to increase, as is income from fees. In addition, town officials estimate Salisbury will receive almost $73,000 more in state local aid next year.

Harrington told members of the Warrant Advisory Committee, which oversees the town’s fiscal concerns, the proposed budget holds a 3.2 percent increase in the town’s Triton School District assessment, compared to last year’s numbers.

“The 3.2 percent increase is more than the town informed Triton that we could afford, which was 2.2 percent,” Harrington said. “It’s about $290,000 (more), but we found a way to fund it.”

Harrington said one of the things that helped the town absorb the Triton increase is that its assessment for Whittier Regional Technical High School went down because the number of Salisbury students enrolling at Whittier is projected to decrease.

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