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Town tackles budget for 2007

Budget workshops continue through the month, and getting close to a zero based budget is the goal of several board members.

"That is the goal we are going to strive for," said board member Kyle Kotary. "Any additional savings we receive should be given back to the taxpayer."

Tim Gordon, another member of the board, said he is not opposed to using the town's healthy surplus to reduce the proposed tax levy increase.

"The fund balance money belongs to the people," said Gordon. "We shouldn't keep larger surpluses than necessary."

Plummer said he would like to keep the town tax rate as low as possible.

"Department heads did a lot of hard work to keep increases as low as it is," sad Plummer.

Board member Sam Messina said he believes the proposed budget is a good starting point but more work needs to be done.

"We have no flexibility right now for new and emerging priorities," said Messina.

"There is no silver bullet. We need to cut expenditure and look for new revenue sources."

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Oct. 25.

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