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Mansfield Faces $490K Deficit

The original deficit was $2.6 million.

Mansfield Town Hall. File photo.
Mansfield Town Hall. File photo.
The following is a news release from Town Manager William Ross and schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges:

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the Town of Mansfield is rapidly coming into final form. The budget process started in January with a deficit projection of approximately $2,600,000.

Since January, Town and School staff, along with the Finance Committee, have been able to reduce projected expenditures and use more current revenue projections to reduce the projected deficit to a current amount of approximately $490,000.

The major reductions included:
  • Increases in employee health insurance costs, which were projected to be 5% and turned out to be 3%
  • Reductions in certain increases in various programs within the budget that have been reduced to match available revenue
  • Increased revenue projections, most particularly local revenue in areas such as vehicle excise tax and food and beverage tax based upon 3 more months of history for current fiscal year. 

We continue to work together to further refine the budget and eliminate any deficit before the budget is presented at Town Meeting. Our goal is to have the budget in balance well before Town Meeting so that the School Committee, Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee can all agree on a final budget proposal, with sufficient time to distribute the budget to the community well ahead of Town Meeting. 

We are proud of the work that has been done to date, and we will continue working together to provide the highest quality services and educational opportunities in the community while recognizing the fiscal restraints that we all live with, both in our business and personal lives. For any additional information, please contact the Town Manager’s office at 508-261-7370 or the office of the Superintendent of Schools 508-261-7500.
Steve Thibodeau March 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM
If teachers only put in 180 days the students tests, quizzes, and projects would never be entered in time for report cards. Again, my wife is a teacher and she is spending hundreds of dollars a year on supplies - I have my tax return to prove it. I do not know any teachers in the Mansfield school system except for the ones I had back in the 80's. And if any of them are still there after almost 30 years, then yes I do hope they are making upwards of $115k. But BH, your issue is with the school committee and the teachers union who structure the contracts. The teachers themselves are just the ponds in the chest match. They are not the ones to be blamed. I'm sure in your career you were more than happy to get every dollar they paid you and wished they would give you more, the only say in the matter was if you choose to stay working for that employer or not. As I said I respectfully disagree with you.
BH March 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM
So you are speaking about one teacher specifically. That's fine, but believe me there are teachers that shouldn't be there anymore and repeat the same lesson plan year after year. And did you go to elementary school? Very easy to grade most tests and quizzes when you throw a movie on. I'm not talking about good teachers that care, I'm talking about ones protected by the union that so the bare minimum and make a ridiculous salary. And I earn money based on my work performance, I don't ask for handouts because I've passed time at my job.
T Collins March 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM
I've been at my job for 21 years. Including vac/personal/sick time and weekends, I work 195 days a year. My starting salary was a joke, but I worked hard and am now enjoying the fruits of my labor. My 401k is healthy and I look forward to retiring within 10 years. State mandates 180 days per year for school days, but I know teachers spend a lot more time in/out of school on setting up classroom, lesson plans, grades, training, education, etc. An annual salary of 95k-100k is not unreasonable with the cost of living today. I have a ton of respect for teachers, especially those who hang in there from the start at low pay and stick around long enough to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
T Collins March 26, 2014 at 01:30 PM
250 teachers over 85k is a huge embellishment. The 2012 report of teacher's base salaries showed 72 TEACHERS over 85k. 27 ADMINISTRATORS were over 85k. That's a total of 99 SCHOOL EMPLOYEES over 85k. A far cry from 250.
T Collins March 26, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Actually a far cry from the 318 reported above.

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