This year, Crimmins proposed a budget (seen elsewhere on this site) that added a number of new positions to public safety--particularly the police department--and changed the Human Resources Director to an Assistant Town Manager/HR title, while adding another full time position to the HR office. In fact, what Crimmins did, was speak to each department head to find out what they needed to make their department run more efficiently. So, he gave all the selectmen his budget, which included 17 new municipal positions. Board Chairman John Stagnone crafted his own budget recommendations, with input from John Anzivino, and their version of the budget passed by a 3-2 margin (with Anastos and Anderson the only supporters of Crimmins' budget, and Walsh supporting the majority.) THAT was enough for Crimmins. His vision for the town involved making the municipal departments stronger and this new budget didn't get it accomplished. It clearly undermined him and irritated him, as well. And, it was all so premature. The Selectmen could have passed his proposal without actually endorsing it. It was early in the budget season and it turned out that the revenue projections at the time were low. They could have been adjusted. The Finance Committee and Town Meeting would have eventually changed some of Crimmins' proposed budget, and he could have defended it himself on Town Meeting floor. But, the truth of the matter was that since Anastos left as Chairman, there was no one in a leadership position supporting him. Stagnone believed strongly in his version of the budget, because he didn't want to see the schools suffer. He also wanted to see improvement in public safety, so his budget was a compromise on both ends.


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