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Fall River City Council passes Mayor Coogan’s $375 million dollar budget

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The Fall River City Council on Wednesday passed Mayor Coogan’s $375 million dollar budget.

The Fiscal Year 2023 Budget which begins on July 1st, was passed with Michelle Dionne the lone no vote on a list of budget line items. Dionne voiced her concern that positions at Government Center are being paid more than City Ordinance allows in the budget.

The new budget represents an increase of $24.5 million or approximately 7% from 2022.

As part of the budget, the B.M.C. Durfee High School debt exclusion will be phased in starting in Fiscal 2023 using ARPA funds to make up the difference.

Real Estate taxes will increase 2.5% over the prior year.

The budget includes a General Fund budget of $324.4 million, a Water budget of $14.3 million, a Sewer budget of $26.6 million, and an EMS budget of $9.6 million.

In the Police Department budget, a body camera officer was listed which is another sign that body cameras are coming to the Fall River Police Department in addition to a 5-year grant that will pay for the cameras and maintenance.

For a copy of the entire budget, click here.

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