Taken as a whole, the budgets are within Finance Committee guideline although additional funding for five contingency items has been requested.
Three requests will restore funds to the Recreation Department budget for expenses that in recent years have been paid through their revolving fund.
A fourth, requested by the COA, would fund a needs assessment of citizens age 55 and older, to be carried out by UMass Boston. Reed recommended that this $35,000 study be funded through a special article.
Finally, there is a request for replacement of water meters through the capital budget. Should that funding not be placed on the approved capital expenditure list, a contingency amount would allow meters to be replaced using operating budget funds. The contingency request is for $50,000 to replace 200 meters. Faulty meters prevent the town from billing correctly for water used.
No votes were taken and further budget considerations will be discussed during the Selectmen’s January 23 meeting.