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No tax rate increase in Spafford town budget

— Stevens, as town supervisor, received a $300 increase, but half of that was a reimbursement for two consecutive years of unauthorized pay cuts due to clerical errors in previous budgets.

The 2012 budget was the first time in three years that the Spafford Town Board was unable to lower taxes, which they did in 2010 and 2011.

Overall, the town of Spafford is “in the black” financially, Stevens said. “We’re in good shape and don’t have any outstanding notes or anything.”

Copies of the Spafford town budget are available to members of the public at the Spafford Town Hall.

Also at the meeting:

—Chris Fesko, who was elected to a two-year term as town councilor on Nov. 8, officially took her seat on the board. Fesko defeated Republican Joyce Larrison in a special election to fill the unexpired term of her late husband, Rick Fesko, who died tragically in May.

Chris Fesko was officially sworn in as a town councilor at noon on Nov. 10 and appointed unanimously by the board to take her seat at the meeting that night.

“We welcome Mrs. Fesko, and I’m sure you’ll be a good addition to the town board,” Stevens said.

—The town board accepted a $295,000 contractor bid for the Spafford Landing Project, a project to repair a culvert on Glen Haven Road at the south end of Skaneateles Lake.

The lone bid received by the board was about $10,000 more than was already appropriated for the project. The board therefore added the $10,000 difference to the 2012 budget in order to approve the bid.

“This was something that needed to be done for the safety of the people down there because of serious issues with the culvert, which is currently coned off,” Stevens said.

The project went out for public bid in October with a Nov. 9 deadline. The repairs are scheduled to begin as soon as the appropriate paperwork is filed, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 23, 2011.

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