"I didn't really feel comfortable with eliminating raises for town department heads because it wouldn't save us much money, but I do think that looking at a possible hiring freeze, and deferring equipment purchases could have made some real sense," Chapman said. "Originally, I proposed that we cut the road paving budget by 10 percent and then I changed that to five percent.
"A five percent cut would have saved us $25,000 and had a real impact on the size of the tax increase, but I just couldn't get a third vote on the board for that proposal," said Chapman. "In the end, Liz and I didn't submit any formal amendments to the budget because it was clear that we weren't going to get the votes we needed to make any changes. We both voted no on the final budget because the tax increase was more than it should have been and the budget could have been better." ""