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Malloy Proposes 3 % Budget Increase

Voters will get the budget at the March 16 annual town meeting.

Westborough Town Manager Jim Malloy presented a $79,299,038 budget proposal to selectmen Tuesday night, a 3 percent increase from current spending.

The request is a level services town budget except for an estimated $11,000 to provide "the same, but better" emergency notification service as Reverse 911 when that ends in July, Malloy told the board at Westborough Town Hall.

The proposal also is $351,661, or 2.6 percent, over the goal selectmen set this fall to maintain "the budget with a tax increase of no more than 2 percent over the FY13 level without including new growth as a part of the tax base," Malloy said during a PowerPoint presentation on his budget and capital plans.

The budget includes the $42,694,208 school request supported by the Westborough School Committee on Dec. 19.

Voters will get the budget at the March 16 annual town meeting.

Malloy is scheduled to review his budget with the advisory finance committee at 7:10 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 14 at town hall.

Malloy's budget information has been posted on the town's website here.

Malloy said that insurance ($574,800), fire salaries ($91,188) and the school budget ($1,291,299) consume 84 percent of the proposed $2,335,806 increase.

The fire salaries increase is due to eight firefighters earning pay increases for 10 years of service, Malloy explained. This year marks Westborough's 10th year with paramedic-level service, he noted.

Westborough Patch will have more on the budget in the coming days.

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