City Manager Mary Corriveau Monday night proposed a spending plan that increases spending less than one percent, eliminates three vacant positions and raises the property tax levy by 4.8%. Water and sewer rates would be unchanged.
The spending plan is aided by health insurance costs that actually went down and a resurgance in sales tax revenue. Huge increases in retirement system contributions and cuts in state aid tugged in the other direction.
Lawmakers will review the budget next month and adopt a final plan by June 1.
Lawmakers also approved a much small than expected low bid to rebuild Breen Avenue and renewed employment agreements with Mrs. Corriveau and City Clerk Donna Dutton.