The city received 37 resumes from candidates who want to become the next city manager. The City Council began reviewing them during an executive session Monday night.
Before the closed-door session, council members said they were generally satisfied with the applicants and the number of resumes received.
On Friday, interim City Manager John C. Krol distributed 31 resumes to council members, but several more arrived by Fridays deadline, Councilman Jeffrey M. Smith said.
The council has not suggested a salary range for the position, including in job advertisements only that former City Manager Mary M. Corriveau was paid an annual salary of $102,802.
She left the position last week after nine years and after nearly 27 years with the city. Council members have said they hope to appoint a new city manager by the fall.
During the open session, council members also discussed how they were going to approach this years budget process since they have to find a replacement for Mrs. Corriveau.
Councilwoman Roxanne M. Burns and Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham both suggested the council spend more time focusing on the city manager search, rather than holding several meetings on the proposed 2012-13 budget.
Instead of going through page by page, item by item, council members should send their questions to Mr. Krol and get them answered that way, so they can concentrate on finding a new city manager, Ms. Burns suggested.
Council members agreed to meet next week to discuss the capital projects portion of the budget. A public hearing was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 7 in the third-floor council chambers of City Hall, 245 Washington St.
The $53 million tentative budget includes a 2 percent increase in the tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, to about $7.4 million. The projected tax rate would be $7.282, or a little less than a penny increase per $1,000 of assessed value.
The city would spend an estimated $53,772,018 in the upcoming fiscal year, up from the $49,643,112 budgeted this year, an increase of $4,128,906, or 8.3 percent.