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Rotterdam workers offered early retirement

The town is estimated to save between $40,000 and $50,000 for every employee who retires, but the final tally won't be in until after everyone has signed up. The town does not plan to rehire employees to replace the ones who have retired.

Tommasone said he doesn't expect the town of Rotterdam to see a double-digit tax increase, but there will be a slight increase. He said the only way to eliminate a tax increase entirely would be to layoff employees, which he said he doesn't see as an option.

"The town from a staffing prospective is lean," said Tommasone.

He said the town has done a good job of maintaining costs.

"All together the town is doing well, and I think we're going to come out of this national slump and this state slump soon," said Tommasone. "The town economy is doing well; we have some projects that are coming in the next few months that will improve our community."

The next Rotterdam Town Board Meeting will take place Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.""

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