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DELMAR: 2008 budget goes to public

Some of the highlights in the 2008 budget include the addition of a full-time staffer in senior services and a full-time consultant to address the town's stormwater management issues.

The 2008 budget totals $37,625,000, up 3.8 percent from the previous year.

Town employees will receive a 3 percent across-the-board cost-of-living increase. They will also be asked to contribute slightly more in health insurance costs. A town employee covered under an individual health insurance plan will now pay 5 percent. Employees under the town's health insurance family plan will now contribute 16 percent, up 1 percent from last year.

Cunningham highlighted several initiatives under way, including the Route 85 Slingerlands Bypass project, the town operation of Colonial Acres Golf Course, the implementation of a new central call system and the groundbreaking for Vista Technology Park this fall.

A new automated parks program registration and a DPW asset management program are a few of the new programs planned for 2008.

"The parks department will incorporate new technology designed to improve customer service through a major software upgrade that will make recreation program registration more efficient and user-friendly," Cunningham said.

Modest user fee increases are expected in the water and sewer funds. The October public hearing will also establish the set salaries for elected positions. The town supervisor salary is proposed at $102,779, the town board at $13,561 each, the town clerk at $66,466, superintendent of highways at $91,786 and receiver of taxes at $59,743.""

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