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Guilderland gears up for budget season

"Nobody knows how much revenue that generates," he said.

He said the security guards there are town employees with benefits and wages that cost more than the town collects from the fees. Redlich cited DiCaprio Park as an example of a park that does not have security guards and said it is wrong for the town to pick and choose where they will charge for town services and where they will not.

"Let's not nickel and dime people over using town services," he said.

He agreed with Runion that fuel costs make the budget process difficult, and it will make it hard not to raise taxes.

He said he is also hopeful that the budget will allow for new recreational equipment for some of the parks in the town.

"I'm hopeful that we can upgrade the playground equipment in Tawasentha Park," Redlich said.

He said the equipment there is 20 years old.

"I have pressure from a key constituent in my home," Redlich joked about his family.

Councilman Mark Grimm said he is concerned with fee increases on public services. Grimm wants to find out how many fees there are and how much they will be raised.

He added that the town brings in close to $10 million in sales tax, but is worried that consumer spending may decline in coming months.

He said he wants to make sure the budget accounts for a potential decline in revenue.

Grimm also said he is pushing to make a copy of the budget available on the Internet.

Councilman Paul Pastore addressed the need to increase the fees. Pastore said the fees have not been raised in a while, and said now is a good time to do so.

He said it is better to levy the fees, rather than raise taxes since fees only apply to those who use a particular service.

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