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New Bethlehem supervisor delivers State of the Town address

Clarkson wants to move up budgeting

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson gives his first State of the Town at Town Hall on Monday, Jan. 30.

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson gives his first State of the Town at Town Hall on Monday, Jan. 30. Photo by Marcy Velte.

Di Maggio said the town needs to continue to work on budget issues and not to spend money the town doesn’t have, focusing on reductions and not filling vacant positions.

“And frankly taking a harder look at the police contracts, because that’s the biggest outlay for the town and one thing we cannot continue to afford,” he added.

According to Clarkson, the town spends the most money on its police force, followed closely by the Department of Public Works and Highway Department, but departments within the town are looking to share some services to save funds. He did add traditional festivities, like the Independence Day celebration, will not be halted.

“Those are I think the last things you want to cut back on, especially in times of economic distress,” he said. “We owe it to ourselves as a community to pull together and I for one would never support cutting back on those types of things. It’s just the wrong place to cut back."

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