After holding a public hearing, the Westerlo Town Board adopted its 2018 town budget. Westerlo will stay under the property tax cap with a 1.84-percent tax levy increase, but is anticipating exponential increases over the years in fees for garbage and ambulance services.

An absentee ballot count for the town of Berne left the GOP candidates holding on to the supervisor and the town council seats. But the Democratic candidate Joel Willsey is only one vote behind Republican candidate Frank Brady. Two votes that were brought in excess of the eight-ballot minimum by Democratic Party Chairman Gerald O’Malley have not been counted, and the GOP intends to file a lawsuit to keep it that way.

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