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Board hammers out budget proposal

Also, spending in many town departments is looking to come in under budget for the year.

The Town Board and supervisor discussed the budget for several hours tonight in a largely cordial session.

Board members seemed pleased to review a spreadsheet detailing the different areas the town is set to borrow and spend capital reserves on for big projects in 2011 and following years.

Councilman Kyle Kotary said he doesn't think the plan as drafted is sustainable, but was happy to see a plan on paper that incorporated the town's current fiscal situation.

"This will allow us to make real-time decisions knowing the full picture," he said.

When the group was left with about $32,000 extra after agreeing to all the proposed changes, there was considerable debate over where to use the money.

It was eventually decided to eliminate the aforementioned $7,000 increase in field use fees. There was also talk of eliminating an increase in pool use fees and undertaking various studies or building projects.

Some, like Councilman Mark Jordan, suggested the surplus should offset the tax hike.

"I'd rather see a decrease in the overall tax rate, not on the fee increases," he said.

The Town Board is scheduled to vote on the budget at its Wednesday, Nov. 10, meeting. Check back to spotlightnews.com for the latest on the budget process.

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