The fiscal year runs from July to June, so right now, the town is in the middle of FY 2014, which will end June 30.
The town submitted a $59.2 million total projected budget number for FY 2015, up $1.2 million from this year's budget. The revenue numbers exchanged are the worse-case scenario.
"What we had to exchange with the school is a four-year revenue estimate projection based on a 4 percent increase on the tax levy," said town Finance Director Kathy Raposa. State law limits to 4 percent any increase in a community's tax rate.
So, barring some extraordinary expense cropping up, the budget for 2015 will be $59.2 million or less.
The EG School Department's proposed budget number for 2015 is $35.6 million, up from the current year's $34.6 million. That increase comes directly from salaries for the 225 EGSD staff members ($750,000) and employee benefits ($250,000).
However, the EG teachers union and district are still negotiating the contract that expired Aug. 30. In the projected budget, the school department has the line item for teachers going from $16.1 million to $16.76 million, an increase of $660,000.
Councilman Mike Kiernan asked School Committee Chairman David Green about that during the only mildly contentious part of the meeting.
"This is your estimate of what the next contract will be?" said Kiernan.
"I would prefer not to engage in discussions while we're in direct negotiations," said Green.
"But this is what you can afford?" pressed Kiernan.
"My experience is the number we put in is sufficient," replied Green.