MALTA: Emotions run high at town meeting

After prolonged discussion, the board said it will hold a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. to adopt the 2008 budget. The meeting will be preceded by a closed executive session.

"Right now we're gathering information from the public, and we'll spend a week digesting this," said Sausville. "We'll talk about personnel issues appropriately in executive session."

The revised 2008 budget totals $7,226,052. The town is entering its 24th year with no general town tax aside from the specific purpose $.02 per $1,000 tax rate for the volunteer ambulance services and a $.6542 per $1,000 fire protection tax rate. The budget includes no highway tax for the seventh consecutive year and no outstanding debt. This budget means that a property tax owner with a $200,000 assessment will pay only $135 next year in real property taxes for all town services.

In other personnel issues, salaries of town employees include a cost of living and merit adjustments on the average of 3.5 percent. A full-time planner position for the building and planning department has been established in the preliminary budget. ""

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