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New Scotland adopts budget

New Scotland adopts budget

Includes 5 percent tax cut

By DAN SABBATINO

sabbatinod@spotlightnews.com

The New Scotland Town Board adopted its budget for 2010 on Monday, Nov. 16 at its regular meeting.

The spending plan calls for close to $5.2 million and includes a 5 percent decrease in taxes.

The budget was passed 5-0 and there were no comments by the public at the Nov. 16 meeting.

The budget calls for $3,909,843 in appropriations, and $1,387,516 in taxes

to be levied, according to the budget summary on file at the town clerk's office. The town is expecting $2,522,327 in other revenue, such as sales tax.

The general fund was sliced by $200,000 in order to make room for the tax cut.

\In view of the state of the economy and individual financial situations, I though it would be a nice gesture to offer a modest tax decrease, Town Supervisor Tom Dolin said.

Dolin said cuts were possible with the elimination of 1.5 positions. The town will not hire a part-time planner, as planned, and cut the workload of the internal controls officer in half.

The town has also postponed the purchasing of a new accounting system as well as a new telephone system Dolin said, to keep costs down for 2010.

Town Board member Rich Reilly said the town is looking good for now, and he supports the budget that has been adopted, but down the road the town must be certain keep a watchful eye on a number of potential costs.

Reilly said the town often uses between $175,000 and $200,000 for equipment for the highway department, but this spending habit might need to be addressed in the coming five to six years.

Both Reilly and Dolin addressed the possibility that pension contributions will rise in the coming years, based on information from the state comptroller's office. They each said the matter is something to watch in future years, but noted that the 2010 budget is looking healthy.

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