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N. Col. begins early budget talks

"People have this sort of mental breaking point around tax rate increases," he said. "So, if you say it's 3.9 percent, then everyone's OK. But if you go to 4.1 percent and they just go nuts. I think that was one place I may have had a little bit of disagreement with everyone else in the group."

He added that he was very happy with the format of the forum and said there should be several more, that or "as much as people can tolerate."

North Colonie Communications Specialist Stephen King said he was very pleased at how the forum went, adding that it was a bit different from what the district has done in the past.

"The format that was done in the past was we would have budget forums and we would have presentations made on a certain issue and then the community would ask questions and get into a little back and forth debate on some of the issues," said King. "This time around we presented some of the issues ahead of time and be able to have smaller group discussions and really have our community members discuss what's important to them. Then in turn, that feedback will help the district shape our budget in the future."

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