Nashua set to begin budget review
Aldermen began their initial inspection of Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s proposed operating budget of $236 million last week, and will pick up where they left off at tonight’s aldermanic Budget Review Committee meeting.
The recommended police budget of $25,575,724 includes employee benefits and fuel. Last year’s police budget of $17,670,299 did not include benefits or fuel, which accounts for a combined $7.3 million.
Other budgets that will be reviewed tonight include parking lots, community development, planning and zoning, building inspection, code enforcement, urban programs and law enforcement training.
Her proposed operating budget of $236,048,064 is about $5.3 million more than the existing budget of about $230 million.
At least two aldermen have already voiced concerns about potential wage increases in the spending plan.
Alderman James Donchess agreed.
“How can we proceed with this kind of example?” asked Donchess, saying teachers are receiving incredibly low salary increases compared to several city department heads. He maintained that the city’s community development director, economic development director and public works director are each getting pay raises of nearly 9 percent over a three year period if authorized.
Following tonight’s meeting, two other Budget Review Committee meetings are planned this week, including one on Tuesday and one on Thursday. The budget meetings will continue the following week on May 29 and May 30.
The largest department in the general fund is the school department, with a proposed budget of $129 million, which includes benefits.
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