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January 17, 2013

Mayor plans study on spending to counter 'flawed' report's conclusions

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Kezer added that Amesbury’s fire department is also the only one of the group that has a significant ambulance service, which he said makes up 64 percent of the department’s calls and brings in over $800,000 in revenue to the town annually. That revenue wasn’t taken into consideration by the report either, he said.

Sherwood said that he thinks the city producing a new report would be a good thing, and also noted that he didn’t come to the conclusion that the city was overspending in the Ad Hoc report, though he was in the minority on that view.

Given the wide perception that Amesbury spends too much on its operations, Kezer said he hopes producing a more complete report will help the city better diagnose potential areas of improvement without resorting to cuts that he feels would do more harm than good.

“It will be a much more accurate, apples to apples comparison,” Kezer said.

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