The Town’s proposed FY17 budget represents about a 2 percent increase over the FY16 budget, Town Manager Kevin Smith reported at the Town Council’s department-wide budget meeting last weekend.
Overall, increases among the various departments are minimal, with the primary drivers of the increase being a significant increase in health care costs, as well as salary increases and an increase for waste collection.
Additionally, the Town will not receive a surplus refund from Health Trust in FY17, which has in previous years helped to offset health care increases.
Smith reported additions to this year’s budget include $30,000 for Police expenses, including money needed to beef-up community outreach programs; $6,465 for Fire vehicle repairs; $12,000 for the Department of Public Works for overtime costs associated with snow storms; and $505 for increases in senior programming expenses. Continue reading