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Westfield City Council Approves Mayor’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal

Westfield Budget VoteWESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — In Westfield Wednesday evening the City Council voted 7 to 5 to accept the mayor’s $117 million proposed 2014 budget.

The council’s financial committee voted last Thursday to cut $1.5 million from that budget so the mayor says he’s relieved by the councils’ decision.

“I have to deliver services to the citizens. So I put the budget together, based on my ability, I believe, that we can still educate our children, still protect our people with police and fire, and still take care of our roads, streets, and all the things that cities do.  And I believe this budget achieves that,” explains Mayor Daniel Knapik.

But those who voted against the budget are worried the city won’t have the money to carry it out.

“I wouldn’t call it wasteful spending, I’d call it wishful thinking spending. It was based on numbers that are just not realistic, in some cases and in some cases, they rely on revenue sources that are not realistic,” says David Flaherty who’s on the City Council Finance Committee.

Those who opposed the mayor’s budget had suggested some cuts to a number of departments and using one-time funds to pay for certain things.

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