Westerlo’s tentative 2021 budget calls for a 5.93-percent property-tax increase and a revenue reduction of $213,496. 

At least 15 people spoke before the Rensselaerville Town Board on Oct. 8, sharing their stance on whether the town should denounce the Confederate flag. 

Berne has released its tentative 2021 budget, providing the first comprehensive look at the town’s mid-pandemic finances.

Rensselaerville Town Board

Spending is down in Rensselaerville’s tentative 2021 budget, but only by a margin, and revenues are likewise only down a touch, leaving a budget that’s much the same as the budget the town board adopted in 2020. 

Knox’s tentative 2021 budget indicates there will be no townwide property tax increase next year.

Guilderland and Knox were exempt from a fiscal stress review performed by the office of the state comptroller because neither town filed its annual update documents on time.

A handful of Rensselaerville residents requested that the town board condemn display of the Confederate battle flag, a popular conservative symbol intertwined with racism, but the resolution that will be introduced next month seems unlikely to go through. 

Berne Republican Party Chairman and Highway Superintendent Randy Bashwinger has been elected chairman of the Albany County GOP following his success in establishing Republican-backed candidates in elected Hilltown positions. Westerlo’s GOP chairwoman, Lisa DeGroff, was elected to serve as the county GOP’s secretary. 

The Berne Highway Department filled in the shoulders on Stage Road on Sept. 21.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s high- and moderate-risk sports — like volleyball, soccer, and football — have been postponed until March and will be played through April.