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COLONIE: Town budget passes

Bronner submitted a 10-page budget analysis in response to a document submitted by a taxpayer, questioning town costs and expenses.

Ultimately, Bronner voted against the budget because he opposed increased expenses at the hand of Albany County government. Despite savings in next year's county budget, Colonie, the largest contributor to county voting taxes, will see none of those savings.

Bronner suggested recouping $58,525 from Albany County for the town's share of reduction in the county voter tax. The taxes were increased last year when state and federal mandates steered annual election costs to county officers. To cover expenses, such as new electronic voting machines, the county taxed each municipality based on its total assessed value. Colonie was hit the hardest and is paying more than $222,000 per year.""

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