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2021 town budget proposed at $15 million

The proposed 2021 municipal budget for the Town of New Shoreham will top $15 million for the first time. Department heads, as well as the School Department, have submitted budgets that total $15,721,670, which represents a five percent increase from the current fiscal year.
The proposed school budget is $5,233,958. (This is down from a $5,274,380 original request from the School Committee, but Finance Director Amy Land said that some health care costs had been reduced after the budget had been submitted.) According to the budget summary submitted by Supt. Mike Convery, the proposed salary allocation for 2021 is $3,094,214. Health insurance will see an increase of $55,000 to $558,403. Teacher and administration pension costs are at $340,607.
Town Hall was packed with members from the school, town and community on Wednesday, March 11 to hear updates on the proposed budgets.
On the revenue side, taxes are expected to bring in $11,103,203; licenses, permits and fees are projected at $467,215; town fees and other income: $1,943,172; State aid: $1,425,633; Reserves and transfers: $782,447 — for a total of $15,721,670.
According to the budget summary submitted by Town Manager

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