Between their preliminary and final votes last week, the Salem Budget Committee trimmed just over $82,000 from the 2013-2014 SAU 57 budget.
The final general fund budget voters will consider next year will be $58.4 million with an overall gross budget of $62.2 million. The budget is up 1.89 percent over the present year.
That $82,000 cut included several amendments proposed by School Board representative Michael Carney, Jr., as a result of the district filling an IT position at a lower cost than budgeted.
The most substantial cut approved by the committee was $45,000 to the heating budget at Salem High School. Chairman Russell Frydryck proposed the cut because the school had changed to natural gas and the previous number was based on heating oil.
Other cuts included a reduction in $7,275 for plumbing work at Woodbury Middle School and a near-$6,000 reduction by eliminating a proposed increase in annuities for district leadership.
The Budget Committee will next meet Jan. 3 as they begin considering warrant articles for the town and school elections in March.