BALLSTON SPA: Village hammers out budget

Principle " not interest " payments are due this year on a number of big-ticket purchases required by the village's equipment replacement schedule. Funds are included for the new police car, and a Department of Public Works truck and pavement roller. New accounting software was also purchased for the village office.

The board of trustees held three public hearings during the budget review process.

"There were a few people at the hearings, but most people are content," said trustee Dick Duffy. "I think we do very well still providing high-level services at a fair and reasonable rate."

Mayor Romano said managing the municipal budget has become, if anything, more complicated over the years.

"The numbers are very representative of what small aging villages everywhere face," said Romano. "We have a stagnant tax base, we're landlocked, and there's no room for growth. But we listen to what people say and work to stay ahead of the curve.""

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