Budget Crisis Forces Town to Cut Public Services

Bridgewater, Mass., faces a budget crisis so severe the library has closed and the senior center is next. Also on the "no longer in service" list — the fire station and one of the town's two ambulances.

Residents will meet Tuesday night to vote on which public services the town should eliminate.

Bridgewater officials say rising fuel, health care and other expenses are increasing the cost for running the town. But many residents say they are tired of the town asking for tax increases every year — and voted down the town council's latest request.

Now the town faces another round of belt tightening and the residents will help decide.

Curt Nickisch from member station WBUR reports from Bridgewater.

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