Town Manager Reginald S. Stapczynski has released his recommended budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The budget totals nearly $156.85 million, an increase of $10.1 million, or 6.9 percent, over this year’s spending plan. Under the town manager’s proposal, the department budgets provide for “level services with little or no program growth or expansion”; a new Municipal Services Department would be established by consolidating the Department of Public Works and the Plant & Facilities Department; and an expansion of ambulance service from basic to advanced life support. Stapczynski’s proposed budget reflects a 5.6 percent increase in fixed costs, such as health insurance, to $32.5 million. The plan also calls for transferring $2 million from free cash into the town’s stabilization fund; none of that money would be used for operating expenses. To view the summary of the town manager budget, visit the town website at www.andoverma.gov.
Town manager recommends increased budget
By Brenda J. Buote| Globe Correspondent February 10, 2013
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