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Ballston OKs budget

Residents at the meeting wondered why Ballston is not already negotiating with Glenville, considering the situation has been known for over one year.

"They were under the impression I would just take care of it myself," said Southworth.

She said that she wanted a consensus from the entire board on what the course of action should be, however, and that consensus was delivered on Thursday when the board voted to empower Southworth to approach Glenville in hopes of negotiating an end to the tax or changing the contract altogether. Southworth said she had placed a call to Glenville Supervisor Frank Quinn, but had not heard back from his office.

The SCWA aims to turn on the tap of county water in fall of 2009. The town officials Spotlight Newspapers spoke to said they were not sure whether the start of the contract with the authority would be flexible if the pump station is not in place in time. The town attorney, Murry Brower, was out of town and could not be reached by press time.

The town will also put off a much-needed painting of the water tower, also in part because of its large expense.

Cell phone antennas will have to be pulled off the structure and mounted on a temporary monopole during the project, which may require an easement. If all the pieces come together, though, the town could amend the 2009 budget and begin the project.

The town board said they will be following the numbers as the year goes by, especially since the amount of county sales tax to come in is not yet known, and a low take could spell trouble.

"Because we don't have a town tax, we live off of mortgage tax and sales tax," said Hynes.

The town budgeted $514,805 in county sales tax (a one percent increase) and $355,000 in mortgage tax revenues.""

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