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Stuyvesant raises taxes 18.8 percent

Nov 23, 2011 12:03 am
Barbara Reina in the Register-Star reports that the Stuyvesant town board voted to raise taxes 18.8 percent in 2012, at a last-minute budget hearing and board meeting. Town Board members Edward Scott, Brian Chittenden, and Kelley Williams will give back their entire salaries to the town, though Town Councilman and Supervisor-Elect Ron Knott won't. "I feel it sends the wrong message to the public," he said. "None of us do this for the money." Reina also writes, "[Current Town Supervisor Valerie] Bertram told the Register Star that the 18.8 percent tax increase is due to a 10 percent increase in health insurance, a 24 percent increase in town contributions for retirement, a salary increase to Highway at 2 percent, a $20,000 dollar bond anticipatory note to start work on the town salt shed project and '$40,000 to be split between Planning and Zoning for attorney fees in anticipated legal bills for next year.'" And Reina also writes this sentence, without explanation: "An on-duty police officer stood in the audience for the duration of the public hearing and budget vote." Read the entire story in the Register-Star.