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Proposed Mansfield Budget up 3.6 Percent for 2015

Mansfield's proposed $30.8 million budget will pay for things like road improvement and WiFi in the schools.

Mansfield Town Hall. Patch File Photo.
Mansfield Town Hall. Patch File Photo.

Mansfield's municipal budget will increase 3.6 percent in 2015 to a total of about $30.8 million, according to the Sun Chronicle

Town Manager Bill Ross, who presented the budget in a draft presentation at Wednesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting, said that is highlights many projects from Mansfield's strategic and capital plan that integrates town and school priorities. 

The budget would go towards, a town-wide telephone system scheduled to go up this summer, street maintenance and improvement, hiring six fire captains and a police officer, new lockers and library furniture at Mansfield High, a new Special Education bus, and WiFi integration in school buildings. Ross said the budget will likely be adjusted many times before it is put up for approval.

HJ January 13, 2014 at 08:10 AM
What? A new special Ed bus? Mansfield is going to go bankrupt from all this Special Ed spending.
BH January 13, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Six fire captains? Lets just order a truck for each guy. Some of these firefighters are making just as much in OT as most people make in a years salary, no big deal, so many fires in Mansfield..
Tina Mqs January 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM
http://mansfield-ma.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/fire-department-reorganizing-adding-firefighters .........I don't quite understand why so many captains are needed, but i know that each shift needs to be covered and people left behind to man the station. you can't leave a town uncovered, and if you saw the presentation they did at the BoS mtg last month, needing more personnel makes sense to me. Again, FDs do more than put out fires. And inspections do take some time, and if you happen to have a nuts month, storms, and what have you, there is the chance they won't get to all of them, and then the town gets hit with not keeping up with their end of the law. The town has a responsibility to keep the rest of us (and the FD's and town officials' own families) safe, and they also have a responsibility to one another. ........I am looking right now (and can't find, so if someone does, post it)- the ages of the highest-ranked in the MFD. I know that there's retirements happening and it may be a matter of getting people in place to replace departures. 6 captains...2 stations- what do we have now for captains, 1? 2? Do we have one per station? Do we have one to cover two stations per "shift"?
Tina Mqs January 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM
The new SPED bus- is it to be an additional bus or to replace an existing one? What kind of increase of SPED kids for the coming year? Don't forget the mandates...if we want Deval's money (or whatever percentage of it that he decides to let slip from his office curtain-and-carpeting fund) then the schools and towns have to nod their head in acquiescence and do what we're told. Regarding the mandates, they tell us that we have to do this or that, at a certain expense, and if we do, then we'll get some money (which was ours to begin with, truly) in return, but it's not enough to cover the mandates. So the money that Deval promises doesn't in the long run do us any favors. Better to keep Mansfield tax money in Mansfield, say no to the mandates, and we get to decide and vote for ourselves what we need the money for, when we need it. Nevermind Deval being the middleman and redistribution agent.
HJ January 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Oh so let's spend more just for the heck of it. Just put the special ed kids on the regular bus for crying out loud.
RuKiddingMe January 13, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I watch you say a lot on here HJ. I actually ask myself if you can possibly be this ignorant. You certainly are and continue to prove that. Get a life. If you people spent more time doing something constructive, like working, volunteering. this world would be a better place.
BH January 13, 2014 at 03:06 PM
I agree HJ, you can't seriously think these kids should all ride on the same bus. Do you know how cruel kids are? This just would not work.
Tina Mqs January 13, 2014 at 05:35 PM
HJ, "spend more for the heck of it?" Surely you troll.
Tina Mqs January 13, 2014 at 05:36 PM
HJ, a lot of SPED kids need special equipment, not the least of which would be a wheelchair lift. Some may also require an attendant on board with them.
BH January 13, 2014 at 06:03 PM
He's obviously never had a friend or family member with additional needs. Just make them walk up the three large steps of the bus and sit on a bus with no seatbelts with kids that will surley poke fun and ridicule. Seems like a safe and great idea.
HJ January 13, 2014 at 07:14 PM
And the bus attendant should monitor all abusive/slanderous language while the bus is in motion. Kids should know better not to be mean.
BH January 13, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Haha yeah life is just that simple.
Tina Mqs January 14, 2014 at 08:10 AM
HJ, HJ, HJ......... in a rainbow, popcorn and unicorn universe, perhaps. I know you're trolling about, but I'll play. The driver's supposed to be watching the roads, and the attendant shouldn't *have* to be babysitting idiot bullies. Attendants also cost money. Maybe parents of bullies should pay for the attendants.

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