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Town Meeting cuts budget in minutes

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It took just minutes last week for a Special Town Meeting to vote to adjust the fiscal 2014 budget – reducing it by $320,000. The action was necessary because two earlier Town Meetings had tacked on the money to increase staff at the Fire Department, but the measure failed a Proposition 2½ override vote this month. There had been some concern among officials that it would be difficult to get a 50-person quorum for last Monday’s special Town Meeting, but Town Clerk Jean Kopke said it took only five minutes to get the minimum head count, and another five minutes for the vote. “We started at 7:35, we were done at 7:45, and we did a moment of silence for the [victims of the Navy Yard] shooting in Washington” she said. “We’re done for now.”

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