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New Milton leaders sworn in

Old officials still facing legal issues; town budget a top priority

— Since Forbes is an elected official, the town cannot force him to resign. His arrest came about a month after the 2011 local elections.

Kerr said she would like to see a resolution brought to the table at the agenda meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4, to ask Forbes to resign. Lewza said he thinks Forbes will refuse.

“I think our best option is to ask Mr. Forbes to take a leave of absence until the matter is cleared up,” he said. “The court needs to do what it needs to do to resolve the issue and then we will go forward from there.”

On his first day on the job, Lewza said he was reinstating the board’s monthly agenda meetings so members have more time to review items than in the past.

“I want correct decisions, I don’t want fast decisions,” he said.

Lewza also said his budget committee would start preparing the 2013 spending plan this month to be better prepared when the time comes to put forth a proposal. He also created a new economic development committee consisting of local public officials and members of the business community to find ways to attract news businesses to the town and village.

The town nearly doubled its 2012 property tax rates to avoid having to use nearly its entire surplus to balance a $6 million budget.

Milton residents will pay about $98 and Ballston Spa residents will pay approximately $69 in town taxes on a $200,000 home. The increases to taxes, along with cuts to the Highway Department and employee health care, will leave the town’s surplus at about $890,000 in 2013, said the supervisor.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I think we’ll eventually get there,” Lewza said. “I look forward to the new year and working together as a team with the rest of the board members, I think we will be able to move the town in the right direction.”

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