Nashua aldermen sign off on 2014 budget
An operating budget of $236,009,508 was approved, with the overall municipal budget tallying $251,496,027.
Several last minute recommendations were made to reduce specific line items from the budget, mostly from Alderman-at-Large David Deane, but they were not supported by the majority of board members.
His motion, however, was not approved by his fellow colleagues.
“I am just not comfortable with a lot that is going on in here,” Deane said after realizing other board members would not support his changes, adding he was surprised aldermen would allow the spending plan to be authorized.
“I believe the budget includes a standard of inconsistency,” said Donchess, who has repeatedly claimed a double standard when it comes to salary wages for city workers.
There is too much money placed in salary line items and not enough for building maintenance, especially within the school district budget, he argued.
The budget, as approved, will result in a less than 3 percent tax increase for local residents, according to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau.
Andrew Huot, a local resident who rents an apartment downtown, said he was disappointed with aldermen who voted in favor of the increased budget.
“I’m trying to do what I have to do,” he said, contending aldermen are going to force out hard-working people who are trying to make ends meet. “You guys thought of yourself and not the people.”
Alderman-at-Large Mark Cookson was excused from the meeting.
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