TYNGSBORO -- The first "tri-board" meeting in town regarding the availability of state aid was held Monday night.

Selectmen met with the Finance Committee and School Committee to discuss town finances, and were joined by state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, D-Lowell, and state Rep. Colleen Garry, D-Dracut.

in Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed budget, the town will receive less funding than it did in the previous year, according to documents provided at the meeting. The estimated aid for the town in the proposed budget is up 4.9 percent, at $8.75 million, according to Donoghue, but Tyngsboro will also be required to pay back 7 percent more than last fiscal year, at a proposed $1.4 million. In fiscal 2014, the town received $8.7 million with a total charge of $1.3 million to the town.

Finance Committee Chairman Rob Mullin expressed his concern and said too often the burden falls on the taxpayer when the state and town feel a financial pinch. He said Tyngsboro would have to focus on growing its business base and bringing more revenue to town to help residents.

School Committee Chairman Hillari Wennerstrom also asked the state legislators to help town officials work with the Massachusetts School Building Association so they can pay off debt service and move forward with other projects in the community. She also noted the town, according to the proposed budget, would only receive an additional $25 per student in the schools but said the cost has gone up far more than that.

Donoghue and Garry said they understood Tyngsboro needed help and they would work to revise the proposed budget in the town's favor when the budget goes before the House and Senate for review.

Also at the meeting:

* Selectmen met with the Finance Committee to discuss funding ice and snow removal. With a month of heavy snowfall and low temperatures, the town went into the red on spending in January. On Monday, selectmen approved another $150,000 for the line item. Chairwoman Karyn Puleo stressed if that money was not used this year, it could be moved into other parts of the budget and that did not mean it would be lost. The town already spent $286,259 on snow removal so far this year, as of Jan. 24, and went over their initial $250,000 budget. With a deficit already, the approval meant the town has about $112,000 left to spend this season.

* Selectmen Vice Chairman Bob Jackson addressed his concerns with alcoholic-beverage licenses being "held hostage" in town. The board will have to wait another three months to review Ramoura Corp.'s license for O'Conley's Pub and also needed to review the status of The Liquor Shop and the Lil' Lobster Boats licenses Monday. The board voted 4-1 to extend Ramoura's hearing, with Jackson opposed, because he said it was time for the business to make a decision on selling the building or otherwise. Puleo noted after the meeting the town only receives a set number of licenses from the state.

* Selectmen concluded the approximate three-hour-long meeting with an executive session to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining and litigation for the clerical union, mid-managers union and police union, as well as for the consideration of purchase, exchange, lease or value of a real property. Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto told Selectman Allen Curseaden after the public meeting he would have to sit out the first part of the executive session but could attend the second discussion on property. Curseaden is also the town's sewer superintendent.

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