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Quincy's buget to rise 4.4 percent in fiscal 2014

Posted by dinouye  June 28, 2013 04:56 PM

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Quincy city councilors this week unanimously approved the $258 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Monday, a 4.4 percent increase from this year.

No cuts were made to the budget, which shows increases in nearly every department.

“To a large degree, it’s a restoration budget,” said Christopher Walker, spokesman for Mayor Thomas Koch. “In areas we had major cuts, we’re getting to where we were, especially in public safety and education. In many of the departments, the increases were confined to contractual increases for employees.”

The budget will enable the city to hire several teachers, policemen, and firefighters. The city will also hire a new energy manager and system technician charged with making buildings more energy efficient.

The budget will rise 49 percent for the Planning Department, which will will hire a research assistant and a planner for economic development. A commitment from the city to paint street lines also contributed to a nearly doubled Traffic Control budget.

The city has also increased the snow-removal budget to $1.5 million from $1.25 million this year.

“The mayor presented a fair, conservative, responsible budget to the council that provides for new investment in our core areas of education, public safety, and infrastructure, and we’re thrilled that it was reviewed and approved without alteration,” Walker said.

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