“We can’t keep the credentials up without training,” he said. “Training needs are very important. It helps the young people train and move forward in their careers.
It is uncertain yet what funding would be available for training next year.
“We’re giving you a good budget,” O’Brien said. “But we’re down to the bare bones.”
Town Council Chairman John Farrell said budget work has been done differently in past years, including many times when items were just cut across the board and services were restored over a period of time.
“Now, we’re playing catch up,” he said. “But we’ve given more responsibility to department heads.”
The council hosts another budget workshop Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Moose Hill Council Chambers at the town offices.