NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Northampton's Mayor is asking residents to help him figure out ways to maintain city services despite a projected budget shortfall.
Close to fifty Northampton residents sat in the Ryan Road School in Florence Monday night as Mayor David Narkewicz outlined the financial realities of the coming fiscal year.
Rising costs and shrinking State Aid have the city on course to come up short by almost $1.4 million in the fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1st.
He said the city faces some difficult choices, which could include teacher layoffs and possibly cuts to public safety.
Northampton Resident Patricia Coon said no one wants to see cuts to public safety. "In my neighborhood we don't get the police patrols that they get in other parts of the town. And yet the downtown really needs the police patrols, obviously with some of the things that are happening down there," Coon said.
The mayor's seeking ideas from city residents for ways to fix the fiscal situation and keep the city moving forward. The next and final budget town hall meeting takes place Wednesday night at 7:00 at the Florence Community Center.