Selectmen prepare to review Salem's 2014 budget
The first meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6 in the Salem High School media center. The second meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Knightly Room at Salem Town Hall.
The proposed operating budget for the year is $40,484,961.
Hickey did present a list of items that would get the town to a level budget, but said he could not support those proposed cuts.Those items, totaling $580,500, include new F-350 pickup trucks for the fire and public works department, replacement of underground fuel tanks at the DPW, and funding for mosquito control, weed control and household hazardous waste days.Selectman Stephen Campbell noted that if the town is to cut the budget, the cuts will likely have to come through staffing. He asked Hickey to recommend five positions that could be cut from the budget and the fiscal impact it would have.
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