Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
MAYOR’S BUDGET PLAN PRESERVES VITAL SERVICES, MAKES NO CUTS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION.
Mayor James J. Fiorentini today submitted his plan to the City Council to meet the $1M 9C cut imposed on the City by Governor Patrick.
Under the plan submitted by the Mayor, there would be no cut in critical government services and no lay-offs. Almost all city departments shared in the cuts except for public education. Mayor Fiorentini said, in a letter to the City Council, that to the extent possible, public education should be spared from the severity of the cuts but that it might not be possible to spare them should there be a further round of cuts by the state.
On the plans submitted, each department was cut an average of 4% for a total of approximately $500,000 in budget cuts. The other $500,000 came from new revenues from fees which already had been previously enacted and from transfers from various reserve accounts.
Under the budget cuts, the police and fire departments were each cut between 1% and 1.5%. Fiorentini said that the cuts to the Fire Department will leave all fire stations open but will require some cut backs in overtime.
The cuts in the Police Department will allow the City to immediately fill the two (2) of the vacant police positions. However, the Mayor said that the two (2) additional police officers the Mayor had hoped to add to the force, the Mayor said will have to be delayed until the City knows more about its budget situation.
The Mayor recommended transferring $163,000 from its rainy day fund. The City has approximately $4.5M in reserves. The Mayor cautioned against further transfer from reserves and the rainy day fund noting that there may be further state cuts to local aid down the road.
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