Warmer reception for R’Dam budget [correction]

— “We were never as a Town Board given a reason why they were cut,” DiLeva said. “They are all back in and they are safe.”

DiLeva said submitting the amendments now allows the Del Gallo and Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski time to review the changes and submit any further changes they desire. Fund balance usage would remain at $800,000, the same as in DelGallo’s budget.

The amended budget did add $134,657.29 in revenue to account for estimated FEMA-covered expenses incurred by the town resulting from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

“I think we came up with a really sound budget … and hopefully you’ll see what we see in this,” DiLeva said.

Town Comptroller Anthony Tangarone said Tuesday, Nov. 1, he was still compiling the preliminary budget with the amendments presented at the meeting. The new budget should bring the previous property tax levy increase of 2.83 percent down slightly, said Tangarone.

DelGallo asked Tangarone during the meeting about the reallocated expenses and said since the moved funds are directly related to the expenses it would be legal to do. He wouldn’t comment on details of the budget on Nov. 1 since he was still putting it together.

DelGallo voted against the amendments, saying he hadn’t seen the changes until the meeting. The budget vote passed 4-1. Godlewski and Tangarone also hadn’t seen the changes until DiLeva presented it at the meeting.

The board also unanimously voted against overriding the tax cap, which the new budget still falls within.

There is a special meeting to be held by the board on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. for the sole purpose of holding a public hearing on the preliminary budget. State law requires the town to adopt its 2012 Budget by Nov. 20.

CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to reflect the proper amount of funds reallocated from special districts as $366,143.33 not more than $2 million, which is the total amount available in the special district fund balance. The Spotlight regrets this error and any confusion it may have caused.

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