Task force on budget continues to ponder cuts

The city continues to face an estimated $7.5 million deficit in the next fiscal year, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Budget and Efficiency is still garnering up ideas and suggestions on ways to save the city money. So far the panel has received many suggestions, and one task force member, Paul Tonon who also serves on the city’s finance board, said all of the suggestions have been great, but are “nickels and dimes,” compared to what is needed.
“We need something more drastic,” Tonon said, while suggesting looking more in-depth at health plans for city employees.
The next task force meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. The mayor is expected to have his annual budget kickoff meeting with department heads on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall.
For more details on the most recent meeting, read the Dec. 7 edition of the Bristol Observer.