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Lenox: Board adopts budget

Final numbers for the town budget were finalized and approved by the board during the regular meeting Nov. 10.

Several pennies were shaved off the preliminary budget that was proposed during the public hearing held Nov. 6. Final figures show village residents paying $1.84 per $1,000 of assessed value and outside the village taxpayers are looking at $1.29 per $1,000. Wampsville's tax rate is 17 cents per $1,000.

Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said $15,000 of mortgage tax dollars received from the county was applied to the budget to reduce the tax rate.

Although county revenues for snowplowing are down $40,000, DiVeronica said the town is saving about $100,000 a year in man hours, equipment and fuel by not plowing county roads.

Some of the expenditures cut out of the budget include $5,000 for the highway department, $10,000 for parks, $5,000 codes, $2,000 in zoning, $5,000 in machinery and $15,000 in snow removal.

No elected officials will receive raises and the clerk also opted out of a raise. All other full-time town employees will receive between 50 and 60 cents per hour increase, according to DiVeronica.

Salaries remain at supervisor $20,000, councilors receive $7,500, highway superintendent $49,227, clerk $40,420 and town justices receive $18,500 a year.

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