Two nights of Town Meeting this week focused on the budget.
The bottom line will actually be decided Monday, June 8, when the townspeople go to the polls to consider the Proposition 2.5 override option.
Tuesday the override number was set at $86.8 million, including $3.42 million for the override items.
If the override passes there will be two police officers, two firefighters and 13 teachers laid off. Both branch libraries will be closed. Half the street lights will go dark.
If the override fails five police officers, five firefighters and 46 school department employees will be laid off.
Much more will be said about all the ramifications of the override budget in the coming month.
The tax rate is expected to increase 5% without an override and 11.4% if the override passes.