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Town Supervisor Richard Rapp said the town's accounting firm helped prepare the budget for the first time this year.

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Rensselaerville's 2015 plan raises taxes for the general and highway funds by 1.3 percent, about half the increase first proposed when the board planned to override the state-set tax cap.

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The study commissioned by the county comptroller's office is using an advisory committee, hoping to avoid the perception of an imposition.

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The town tax rate is set to decrease for the second year in a row while the spending plan raises salaries and wages for employees and officials.

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KNOX — With a generous boost from its savings, the town’s proposed $2.2 million budget carries over many of the same appropriations as last year while remaining under the state limit on tax-levy increases.

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ALBANY COUNTY — With the same overall tax levy as last year, the $597 million budget proposed by county Executive Daniel McCoy avoids the controversial tax increases and nursing home debates of previous years.

A bill allowing schools to include a veterans' tax exemption was met with hesitation by many school boards this past year. A second one, not yet passed, is aimed at including another exemption.

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Voorheesville has approved its tax warrant, and school taxes have increased about 1 percent since last year.

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The change to a tax-assessment reduction for veterans was pushed for by Knox resident Edward Ackroyd. It passed on June 10 with four votes in favor and one abstention.

Eligible residents will be able to have their assessed property values reduced by a maximum of $12,000 for wartime service, and larger amounts for those with combat service and disabilities. 

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