Nashua aldermen authorize new budget under deadline
Instead of individual line-item cuts, the four aldermen strongly supported a 1 percent bottom-line cut to the operating budget, which would have been about a $2 million decrease.
“We are here to decide priorities, not to be fair,” said McCarthy, stressing aldermen would be ducking their responsibilities if they did not increase or decrease certain accounts.
“I believe that is somewhat reckless because of the unknown consequences,” she said.
Alderman Ken Siegel, who proposed all of the individual line-item cuts on Monday, said he was not picking on any one department.
According to the city charter, aldermen had until Friday to approve the new fiscal year budget, which is about $4.7 million more than the former budget. It is expected to increase the tax rate by less than 3 percent.
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