Mattapoisett juggles budget a bit for coronavirus

May 14, 2020

MATTAPOISETT — Coronavirus has caused a bit of last-minute budget juggling to deal with unexpected expenses and a potential lack of future aid. 

At a May 14 Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Michael Lorenco said the town’s strategy in tweaking the budget is to “be fiscally responsible as it relates to state aid. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air right now.” 

He also said the town is dealing with “need in certain areas now that we weren’t expecting because of this crisis.” 

This year’s budget will be before the Finance Committee again for final approval in the next week.

With the federal and state budgets also hard hit, Lorenco said the town may have to make cuts it otherwise would not have. 

“We’re going to be conservative as we continue into the next year. We will take a conservative approach, and if we have the opportunity to not hire right away  we will, in case it goes into the fall,” Lorenco said.