Other officials were less critical.
“I am disappointed, but when you read about revenue projections not meeting the actual revenue collections, you know at some point in time you are likely going to face a cut,” said Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti. “I had hoped it wouldn’t impact local aid, but clearly it’s going to do so.
“We will try to find ways to cut and control [costs] so we don’t have any midyear layoffs to make up for that revenue,” Balzotti said of the $177,000 she estimates Brockton would lose in unrestricted aid.
Quincy would be able to absorb the $160,000 the city estimates it would lose in unrestricted aid, according to Christopher Walker, spokesman for Mayor Thomas P. Koch.
“By the same token,” he said, “I think every mayor would suggest to our friends at the state [level] that we should be thinking about increasing local aid and not cutting it.”
“I think we have to share in the pain. I’d rather not have it, but . . . I guess we all have to do a little bit,” said Beverly Mayor William F. Scanlon Jr.
“I’m not going to criticize the tough choices the governor has to face. What I’m hopeful for is that the revenues can hold sufficiently that he doesn’t have to go through with the cuts,” said Amesbury Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III.
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