Divided board passes Nisky budget

"Our infrastructure is crumbling and the DEC has confirmed that," said McKinney.

He said there were 5 water main breaks in the last two weeks with one of them occurring on the street he lives on. The town has the choice to ignore the DEC, said McKinney, but money needs to start getting invested back into the infrastructure of the town.

"[The budget] represents in a lot of ways our past, our present and our future in this town," said McGraw. "I've spent most of my professional career working to cut taxes and working to make upstate New York as economically viable as possible and now that I sit in this chair I cannot forget that people work hard for every dollar that they have."

Kasper disagreed with McGraw about the economic soundness of the budget.

"The future is based on the use of plastic in the present," said Kasper. "There will be no future, because you are cutting the wrong places."

McKinney echoed Kasper's concerns and said, "I think what the battle is, is present consumption versus investment."

McDonnell disagreed said she thought the budget was fiscally responsible and keeps the tax increase on residents to a minimum while maintaining services to residents.

One focus of the budget is to make sure funds are set aside for paving, said McGraw. The historian position in the town was also reinstated, she noted. She also touched on the senior bus too, which will be bonded.

"The bus was not submitted by the senior program staff, nor was it submitted by the senior program committee," said McGraw. "We knew it was important to the town."

Kasper shared her thoughts on the bus proposal and said she resented the implication that as previous chairman to the seniors committee she did nothing for them.

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