Rotterdam Approves 2010 Budget

UPDATED 11/16/09

The Rotterdam Town Board passed resolution to make the preliminary 2010 town budget the Annual Budget of Rotterdam for the fiscal year of 2010 on Nov. 10 at the Rotterdam Town Hall at 7 p.m.

The budget, which will amount to over $20 million will take effect at the beginning of the year after the unanimous vote Tuesday night by the members of the board, but not first without a comment from members of the incoming board of 2010.

The board held a public hearing for discussion of the town budget proposed for 2010 on Nov. 5 and again allowed a public hearing on the night of Nov. 10 before the preliminary budget went to vote, opening the floor to town members to speak their mind on the issues of the budget ranging from the proposed taxing district for the Rotterdam EMS to property assessments throughout the town. Bob Godlewski, town board elect, presented his feelings on parts of the budget ranging from the assessment of non-homestead and homestead homes to the decrease in the town attorney fees. Godlewski was also accompanied by fellow elected town board candidates Democrat Matthew Martin and Nicola DiLeva.

In a suggested changes to the 2010 preliminary budget, attorney fees for the coming year were decreased from $99,000 in the preliminary budget to $65,000, while tax case attorney fees have been reduced from $40,000 to $20,000, according to information provided by the town.

Town board supervisor Steve Tommasone and Godlewski debated the management of the town budget for 2010, until Tommasone stated that he would not go line by line in the budget and that he could have, "talked about this in debate form, but we didn't get to do that," citing the boycott of the League of Women Voter's night by the Rotterdam Democrats during the recent election.

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