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Town Manager's Budget Includes $1.8 Million Increase

The increase will not allow for staffing in several departments, according to the Lowell Sun.

Town Manager Richard Montuori made his budget proposal. (File Photo)
Town Manager Richard Montuori made his budget proposal. (File Photo)
Tewksbury Town Manager Richard Montuori revealed his proposed budget earlier this week. But according to a report in the Lowell Sun, Montuori told town officials that the proposed $1.8 million increase won't be enough to full support the town's needs.

The Sun reported that the Town Manager's proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget comes in at $91,295,785. 

While the budget proposal will allow Tewksbury to maintain status quo, the newspaper reported that it will not include additional staffing in the library, Fire Department and Police Department.

"I think if you ask any department head here tonight, they'll tell you their operating budgets are razor-thin and tight," said Montuori, according to The Sun.

Click here to read complete details about the proposed budget in the Lowell Sun article.
Dirk Anderson February 06, 2014 at 04:01 PM
If a department head isn't complaining that the budget is thin then they have way too much money
Tewksbury2001 February 06, 2014 at 04:02 PM
@Gordon, uncalled for comment. Have some class. It is under a 2% increase. Many contracts have automatic increases. 2% is not so bad.
Matt Schooley (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 11:11 PM
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Donna Marie Robitaille February 07, 2014 at 07:16 AM
I accept our town manager stating that Town Departments will agree they are working with razor thin budgets as that is what has been handed to them. I recognize how difficult this process is and how our Town manager describes what our departments face. The statement that each year the same thing happens brings forth the question Why? The fact that the Police and Fire are affected again is unacceptable. This town has no good reason to not give the departments what they Need to service this community. YES traffic officers!! I respectfully ask our town manager to step up and Do things differently on that matter. If there is no way to 100% take care of our residents,then why are we moving forward suggesting deals and incentives for large companies and businesses to come to town and further impact this community. I would bet that our Police Chief is grateful for the hard work to produce what is on paper to be a good budget for the numbers the manager has to work with. I also would bet that he has concerns for other areas of the budget yet respectfully carries on to support the efforts of town Manager and the Town of Tewksbury. I never want to see our police and fire not fully funded ever again. With seven hotels and one of the highest impacted to capacity Main Streets in the state of Massachusetts the fact that Our Police and Fire are underfunded is a disgrace. This is said about all of us, not directed to town manager or his good works or at any other town official past or present. It is time to address where we are as a community and where we should go here from regarding future development. Also, speaking of the Library, that is another example of why residents should be demanding any future large proposals give more than taxes. A good gift offer could help fund the Library. This community lives daily with extreme impacts from enormous amounts of development already here. Yet we can not reward our residents for their troubles with safe intersections. Seems to me a traffic officer is more than needed and it is not the Police Chief's job to state what I have said. It is my job as a concerned resident! The residents of Tewksbury deserve their services from our first responders secured. We built this small suburban town up and for us to ignore what it is going to take to be safe and sound is something I do not accept. We need to make sure our town officials hear the battle cry of Take care of our needs not the needs of a others wishing to set up shop here. The time has come to work together for what will benefit this town not deteriorate it. I am asking our town manager to look back before he came and examine how much Tewksbury's has grown . Hopefully, he will then determine what I believe should be an outcome of support for getting all we can at this point in our growth. I want town manager to think deeply about Not giving incentives or deals to future partnerships of businesses. We did not give our own big developers cash breaks. Also, to the best of my knowledge our local businesses have got no breaks during this tough economy. Lets take care of our us before laying down a welcome mat designed for taking care of others needs instead of the needs of residents and the many longtime local businesses of Tewksbury.
Tewksbury2001 February 07, 2014 at 03:44 PM
@donna- After reading that manifesto i still am not clear what you suggest the town manager do? Where would you cut in order to fund police and fire. What are your suggestions?
Donna Marie Robitaille February 08, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Tewksbury 2001 I reserve my right to say so,just as i am sure any department head would do. I choose to support the budget as it moves forward for the respect and belief that hard work was performed by those holding the ball. Also,Ii think it is clear from what I wrote that it is of my opinion that the town manager and town officials and residents have to re group our marketing of Tewksbuy to omit the ideas of incentives or deals for some future development and instead incorporate into our thought process of marketing the message that this community can not afford to help them. Also, to find and expect gains which will benefit our residents such a good gift offers. At this point in our growth, it is fair to take this position.
Tewksbury2001 February 08, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Huh?
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 05:55 AM
Good Morning Tewksbury2001..Huh? Which part?
EMA February 09, 2014 at 07:48 AM
@Donna, you have a lot to say but not a lot of it makes much sense. Are you suggesting that we ask companies to pay incentives to the town for moving here? Why would any company do that? If Tewksbury is asking for a hand out and say Andover isn't, for example, why would the company move here? What is so fabulous about what we have to offer in Tewksbury that they should pay extra to be in our community? They won't! I don't understand your logic.
Tewksbury2001 February 09, 2014 at 09:13 AM
@donna- i have given up trying to understand your plan. You don't want anything to change and want companies to pay "legalized extortion" to come here and then at the same time you say the town should do more to attract business so we can fund police and fire. I just don't understand. No incentives, fine, but expecting them to pay more than what they would need to in other towns make no sense at all and is anti business. I am voting for the other guy, whomever that is.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 09:55 AM
dear EMA,Asking a company to pay us is not an avenue we use to let those in wishing to do business here. We have a fair,really fair, entrance plan in place. Our town officials have done a good job keeping our best interests at hand when approving the many large projects already built. As a resident , it is of my opinion that this town should incorporate into the master zoning plan methods insure we can gain more than taxes. It is not part of my campaign. That is not something I could ever use as a Planning Board member, if elected. I would examine each plan on it's own merit and throughout any approval process would work together as our Planning Board has to get roadway and intersection responsibility put on them. Tewksbury is fabulous. seems to me thats why Beyonce picked our Walmart to pull over at. The highway access is unmatched. Large companies are offered hotels and conference space close by. They will receive excellent town services and we got an excellent water and sewer plans in place for them. I disagree that We should give companies incentives!
EMA February 09, 2014 at 10:10 AM
@Donna, if I were you, I wouldn't worry much about what I would or wouldn't do as a planning board member. Based on your incoherent rants on the Patch and your warped stance on how to bring businesses to Tewksbury, you won't get many votes.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Tewksbury2001..please vote Donna. Seems we agree. I have already stated many discussions ago..That I would agree to understand the view that in this economy now is not a good time to change rules and demand more than taxes. I insist to maintain NO Incentives to companies and large projects. Now ,I hear you say..you agree with me there should be no incentives given. So I am telling you..I am really concerned for the tone of other candidates in both races of Selectman and Planning that believe our door should be open to businesses with incentives in hand for them. the town of Tewksbury is in dangerous waters with our own problems and can not give away anything away.
J. S. February 09, 2014 at 10:41 AM
@EMA I have commented to Donna in the past that her manifestos and language make no sense. She has no explanation. She cannot seem to answer a question. The phrasing of the statements on here is the same time and time again. I am starting to think it is some type of spam-bot being triggered.
Tewksbury2001 February 09, 2014 at 11:30 AM
@donna- just to clarify i think we must provide incentives. My post meant I understand your point of view on that, but I think we need to provide them in order for companies to come here.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Tewksbury2001 thanks for say so, I disagree with giving incentives and believe we do not have to offer for their interest to come here.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 12:17 PM
To J.S are you that angry I am in this race that name calling my writings"spam bot being triggered" FYI I have made improvement to shorten most of my posts. As for understanding what I am saying or trying to say, I suggest you ask me a question instead playing at your game of insults. Others here, including myself can disagree with each others views without acting rude. J.ust S.aying ...
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Dear EMA, I got one post from you. I responded once in a clear manner. And then you call my stance warped and say don't worry no one will vote for you' It is one thing to disagree the other is to write a cry out about my candidacy. from Donna.
EMA February 09, 2014 at 12:47 PM
@Donna, seriously? You answered me in a clear manner? Surely you're not talking about what you wrote here, right? You haven't represented yourself well in this forum at all and I'm honestly embarrassed for you. Good luck with your candidacy because, at the rate you're going, you're going to need lots of it.
J. S. February 09, 2014 at 04:23 PM
I am not angry. I was not name calling. It just seems you use the same phrases over and over again, very similar to spam emails I receive in my inbox. I am not trying to insult you, I am trying to see if you are able to speak intelligently and do not choose to do so or if you just have trouble with the English language.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 10, 2014 at 08:10 AM
To EMA, Yes seriously. I did answer your questions clearly. You choose to claim I have not. I re read your post to me. I read my answers and it seems to me that your not going to disagree with my views as reason to claim I am unfit for Tewksbury the Planning Board open position., instead you scream words of dislike for my candidacy. Feel free to ask a question and I will answer it. Also, don't you worry about wishing me luck. I will be grateful for any consideration I have during this campaign and for each vote cast for me on April 5th. Winning is my hope. Participating, my appreciation for the process of elections and love for this Town is the best reasons for me being a candidate. I have understood and accepted the advice of some patchers to ..write about things important to planning, development and my views and visions for this community. I have also used less emotion. If you have not seen improvement, perhaps you could offer up what I could do to explain my positions in a better manner. from Donna

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