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Plainville "shaking the sofa cushions" to trim deficit

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 6, 2007 10:00 AM

PLAINVILLE

Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes says the budget deficit for next year now stands at about $60,000, down from the $664,000 gap that had been projected in recent weeks.

Town officials have narrowed the gap by trimming departmental budgets, asking some employees to forgo raises, and using funds that would normally be saved for future use.

"Thatís good news, I guess, but itís not happy news," Fernandes said of the smaller gap. "Itís literally shaking the sofa cushions."

The remaining deficit will be paid for out of the townís stabilization, or "rainy day", fund, Fernandes said. Town Meeting began Monday, but but officials plan to postpone discussion of the budget articles until June 11.

-Ė Calvin Hennick

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