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Kimberley Driscoll. Mayor. City of Salem. Budget Overview. $128 million annual operating budget 50% of revenues supporting Salem’s operating budget are generated by property taxes; 25% from local aid; 25% from other sources, including local revenues  Property taxes at or near levy limit

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Kimberley Driscoll

Mayor

City of Salem

budget overview
Budget Overview
  • $128 million annual operating budget
  • 50% of revenues supporting Salem’s operating budget are generated by property taxes; 25% from local aid; 25% from other sources, including local revenues 
  • Property taxes at or near levy limit
  • School Department is approximately 42% of operating budget; Employee Benefits 18%; Public Safety 14%; Public Works 6%
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Budget Challenges

  • Deep cuts at the state and federal level to cities and towns
  • Health insurance increases
  • Unsustainable pension costs
  • Unfunded mandates
  • Increased demand on service delivery
  • Inflexible collective bargaining agreements
budget challenges
Budget Challenges
  • Health Insurance
    • Bid health insurance which has helped control costs
    • Joined MIIA/Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Successfully made changes to co-pay structure for 6 out of 7 unions
    • Acceptance of Section 18D
    • 8.5% of overall budget
    • $10.6 million annually
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Budget Challenges
  • Pensions
    • $8.3 million pension assessment
    • 6.5% of overall operating budget
    • $171 million OPEB
    • Need reforms at state level to control costs for municipalities
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Managing City Finances

  • Professionalize City finances
  • Regionalization/Collaboration
  • Service consolidation
  • Publicly bid all contracts
  • Privatize service delivery functions
  • New growth and other new revenues
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Regionalization in Salem

  • Combined purchasing functions with the Town of Swampscott
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Salem/Beverly Water Board
  • South Essex Sewerage District
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Opportunities

  • Public Health
  • Inspectional Services
  • School functions – transportation, SPED, etc.
  • Emergency dispatch
  • General public safety
obstacles
Obstacles
  • Changing status quo is never easy
  • Parochialism
  • Strong sense of community pride
  • Politics
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Thank you

Kimberley Driscoll, MayorCity of Salem, Massachusetts978 [email protected]

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