WESTERLO —  The preliminary $2.8 million town budget does not ignore “the elephant in the room,” says town board member William Bichteman.

RENSSELAERVILLE — The proposed  $2.5 million town budget for 2017 has numbers not so different from those in the 2016 budget. The plan has moved through a series of town board workshops, has been approved as preliminary, and will receive public comment at a Nov. 9 hearing before it’s finally adopted.

The top line in the $1.6 million preliminary budget proposed by Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis calls for a 16-percent cut in town spending compared to the 2016  budget.

The proposed plan for Guilderland for 2017 is down $43,000 from last year. The tax rate is unchanged from last year.

The board is looking at ways to balance the budget without depleting savings or exceeding the tax cap. The final meeting to discuss the proposed budget is next Wednesday.

The proposed 2017 budget for New Scotland awaits discussion in three public sessions before being adopted. 

The tax rate will decrease from $4.65 percent per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $4.50,  making the effective tax rate 3 percent lower than it was in 2016.

BERNE — After years of eking out wins, and sometimes facing budget defeats, Berne-Knox-Westerlo saw its $22.6 million budget for next year pass by a landslide on Tuesday.

School and library budgets along with a bus proposition all passed by wide margins on Tuesday.

Programs at the Guilderland public library have "shattered" expectations, its director ways, and electronic usage has soared while circulation of books has increased modestly.


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