Manager aims to avoid override

Town Manager Michael Dutton has filed a $46.5 million budget proposal with the Town Council and said he feels “cautiously optimistic” about avoiding a tax-limit override for fiscal 2014, despite contractually mandated salary increases. Dutton, who was hired in December, said he was pleased at the effort of department heads, including those in the Police and Fire departments, to limit other budget increases and, in some cases, decrease their budgets. His proposal, crafted in concert with the Town Council’s budget and finance subcommittee, represents an increase of about $1.6 million over last year, including Bridgewater’s assessment for the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. The council will likely schedule a hearing for mid-April and vote on the budget May 7, he said.