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Rotterdam budget process raising eyebrows

Town officials make last-minute changes without vote before hearing

— “It is not something that is available to the town under the law,” she said. “I don’t think I can as the town’s attorney say ‘Yup, that’s a revised preliminary budget,’ because there legally is no such thing. There is a tentative budget, there’s a preliminary budget and then there’s a final adopted budget.”

Freeman, however, said sunshine laws require the public have access to the materials a legislative body is discussing.

“Nobody knew,” Freeman said, “because although it was supposed to have been made available prior to the hearing the document that was actually considered was not made available prior to the hearing.”

The Town Board’s next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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