“The electrical cost in town really skyrocketed,” Innes said. “But for the next two years, we will have a fixed cost in electricity.”
As a result of the spending, Innes has asked department heads to see if they could not spend 8 percent of their budgets.
“We understand that is not going to be possible in all departments.” he said. “But it’s something that we are going to see where we might have some space.”
Despite certain departments being over budget, Innes said, the overall budget is still in pretty good shape.
“Right now, we’re on target for our year-end bottom line,” Innes said. “We just have to be more careful with our spending the rest of the year.”
Smith said the Budget Committee will meet a week from today to begin to discuss next year’s budget.
“We are going to study recent history in a little more detail,” he said. “If we have a line item that is under or over expended in some years, we just want to ask why and what’s changed, and then make decision on a line by line basis.”