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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Finance Board Okays $76.59 Million Town Budget

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Board of Finance tonight unanimously approved a $76,595,682 town budget for 2014-15, just $60,000 shy of what First Selectman Jim Marpe had proposed.

The $60,000 was trimmed from the Fire Department’s proposed $10,450,636 budget, 4.06 increase, after finance board member Tom Lasersohn said it represented “like to haves,” such as department open houses and overtime to train new firefighters as opposed to “must haves,” hiring employees with more experience.

Lasersohn had originally asked for a $75,000 cut, but amended it to $60,000 after Marpe said he was willing to go that low.

“We can accommodate that,” Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury agreed.

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