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May 8, 2013

Blais proposes $16.75M budget for Newbury

Town administrator also brainstormed ideas for new revenue

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She’d like to see the creation of an Energy Advisory Committee and proposed holding an annual public forum to garner input from residents on additional cost-saving ideas and service priorities.

The town is “a year or two away from hitting goals” that Blais established when she first came on board in 2011. “But we’re getting there faster than I had hoped,” she added. Still, the town administrator warned selectmen to continue expecting “a few years of struggle ahead of us.”

“Well, I’d rather be climbing uphill than sliding downhill,” Selectman David Mountain quipped toward the end of the presentation.

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