One unknown in the budget process is the outcome of collective bargaining negotiations between the Town and the New England Police Benevolent Association. That bargaining unit covers police and DPW workers. However, other Town employees, such as many working in Tracy Hall, receive the same benefits as those negotiated with the union.
Negotiations have not begun, as the Town only recently received a "notice of intent to negotiate" from the union to trigger the process. The current contract expires June 30, 2018.
An earlier post on the Town budget is here.