Tough Budget Decisions Being Made in Mashpee

CCB MEDIA PHOTO: Mashpee Town Manager Rodney Collins.

MASHPEE – During a recent presentation to Mashpee’s Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Rodney Collins said that reductions are being proposed for the upcoming fiscal year.

Overall, the proposed budget will be 1.2 percent lower than the current year, and 2.3 percent lower than what was requested from the town’s department heads.

Vacant positions, including two on the police department will not be filled. However Collins said there will not by any layoffs of town employees.

“We want to take care of those who are here, who are working, provided that we need to make some adjustments based upon the analysis of what they’re making compared to other Cape towns,” Collins said.

The reductions also reflect the objectives of attempting to reduce costs in order to meet the long-term financial plan in 2021.

The proposed cuts would impact several town departments including police, fire, recreation, public works, natural resources, schools, and inspection services.

“This is a tough swallow for some, as the result of some reductions,” Collins said.

Residents will have the opportunity to discuss and vote on the budget proposal during Town Meeting in May.


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