NISKAYUNA: Town facing large tax hike

"I also want to take a look at the spending in the parks, which has always been my area of concern, and several other places as well.

"We have to remember that even the smaller items, the $5,000 and $10,000 expenses, can add up to some real money," Kasper said. "Remember, if you get enough pennies they add up to dollars."

Two other local candidates, Scott Stevens, a Republican running for the town board and Joe Landry, a Democrat seeking the supervisor's seat, were also critical of the proposed budget during interviews on Monday. Both said the proposed 11.4 percent town tax increase could place undue financial pressure on Niskayuna homeowners. However, neither offered a specific plan to trim town spending.

Town supervisor Smith was unavailable for comment on Monday due to the Columbus Day holiday. ""

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