Budget bullet dodged

Budget bullet dodged

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‘Municipal budgets are much more than an itemization of revenues and expenditures,” states the Research Bureau’s report on Worcester’s budget for fiscal 2012. “They are an indication of priorities as well as challenges a community is encountering.”

The report, “10 Questions about Worcester’s FY 12 Budget,” offers a clear summary of the economic and political forces shaping the budget, the struggle to balance it, some popular misconceptions as well as possible cures for the future. While the emerging picture is far from cheerful, it could be much darker without the skills of City Manager Michael V. O’Brien, whose fiscal leadership has saved over $100 million through various reforms since 2006.

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