Clay budget delivers tax cut

The budget also includes the following: the hiring of a full-time comptroller, which Rowley said will save the town money in the long run because it will allow for more efficient management of town funds; increased money for salt and fuel in the highway department; labor contract increases of 3 percent in the highway department and 4 percent for clerical workers; the use of sales tax money to offset the debt service of the reconstruction of Waterhouse Road; and delaying the purchase of a snowplow, which Rowley said was a $250,000 to $300,000 savings.

The budget also calls for the water department to start paying more for overhead costs - up from $10,000 last year to $80,000 this year.

They have been significantly undercharged for their overhead costs for a long time, in my opinion, Rowley said.

Board member Clarence Rycraft objected to the increase expected for the water department and voted against approving the tentative budget.

I think we need to do a full analysis of every department and their costs of operations, Rycraft said. I'm withholding my approval until we do some more research.

The rest of the board voted to approve the tentative budget as the preliminary budget for the town. A public hearing will be held at 7:54 p.m. Nov. 3 to discuss adopting it as the actual 2009 budget.

In other business:

' 'Supervisor Damien Ulatowski appointed board member Robert Edick as his deputy supervisor.

' 'The board scheduled public hearings on the Special Districts, Fire and Uniform Water budgets. They will take place at 7:41, 7:47 and 7:50 p.m., respectively, on Monday Nov. 3.

' 'The board issued a resolution honoring Rowley for his years of service to the board and the town of Clay. The resolution is as follows:

Whereas, James J. Rowley (Jim) has served the residents of the town of Clay since 1996 in a number of important capacities and roles, as a member of the Clay Town Board, deputy supervisor and supervisor; and

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