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Clark proposing $46.5M budget

'We've had a very difficult cycle the last four years'

Christopher Clark. (click for larger version)
April 01, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Town Manager Christopher Clark is proposing a $46.5 million budget, with revenues based on the governor's state budget plan, a 2.39-percent increase in property taxes and 2 percent in sewer rates, but no change in water rates.

"We've endeavored each year to have modest increases to have some consistency," he said, comparing his tenure's tax rates to the "much more erratic pattern" of the previous four years. The fiscal 2009-12 period saw rate hikes between 2.39 and 4.49 percent annually, while fiscal 2005-2008 saw a much wider range, from 1.85 to 12.3 percent.

He attributed much of the change to "having a good working relationship with the various town unions" and "hard work" by town staff. "It hasn't been without a struggle; we've had a very difficult cycle the last four years," he said.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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