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November 7, 2013

Londonderry councilors get early look at budget

New town manager presents early numbers

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Hart said he is proud of how his department handles its budget. That includes making the process a collaborative effort among management, the union and other administrators.

“Frankly, I think we do an excellent job at managing the budget and by we, I mean the men and women of the department,” Hart said.

As with any town department, many factors drive a budget.

Smith said numbers most likely will change as the budget process continues.

Councilors will host a budget workshop at 8 a.m. Nov. 16, with more discussions set for Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 12. A public hearing on the town budget is Dec. 16. The town’s deliberative session is Feb. 8 and voters cast their ballots March 11.

Town Council Chairman John Farrell said early budget numbers sound good, but there is a lot of hard work ahead.

“It’s a good first pass,” he said.

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