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October 14, 2013

Ticonderoga budget within levy cap

TICONDEROGA — The tentative Ticonderoga town budget for next year stays within the state’s tax-levy cap.

The adjusted tax-levy-increase limit is 1.98 percent, Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said.

The amount to be raised by taxes is $4 million, 1.9 percent more than the $3.9 million in the current budget.

The total budget is $8.4 million, .45 percent more than this year’s $8.37 million.

The budget will probably be fine-tuned and lowered even more after the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Ticonderoga Community Building, Malaney said.

“We still have to shake out some fluff. We’re continuing with budget workshops, and we’ll reduce it (the levy) as much as we can.”

She said both town employees and elected officials are in the budget for 2 percent raises, but “public officials may take zero again.”

Elected officials received no raises last year, she said.

EMERGENCY SQUAD REQUEST

The budget has no new positions or layoffs, the supervisor said.

“We have expanded the summer beach program by two weeks to work with the school calendar,” she said.

That will cost about $2,000 more, she said.

The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, which has not been receiving town funds, asked for between $40,000 and $50,000 for next year, Malaney said.

“We haven’t decided on that yet.”

The Town Council will vote on the Emergency Squad request after the budget hearing, she said. The squad has been financed by contributions and insurance fees from transported patients, but officials say those numbers are declining.

The Chilson Fire Department has also asked the town to help with the purchase of new low-band radio pagers, costing about $10,000, but a decision hasn’t been made there, either, the supervisor said.

‘VERY RESPONSIBLE’

By cutting various expenditures, the highway section of the budget was reduced by more than $43,000, dropping from $1.78 million to $1.74 million.

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