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Manlius town board proposes less than a two percent tax increase for 2014

— Theobald said the town took measures to cut spending in several departments, which helped to keep the proposed tax rate from increasing severely. He noted that the town eliminated a clerical position in the police department and sent one officer to F-M High School to operate as the school’s resource officer, which means that the school district is responsible for paying his salary even though he is still employed by the town.

He added that the town is saving a bit in its recreation budget after it decided to stop leasing the parks and recreation building in front of the baseball fields off of Brooklea Drive. The village of Fayetteville has allowed the town to use it at virtually no cost for a number of years, but once the building was appraised and the village gave the town a new monthly leased amount, the town board felt that it was too much of a cost for the budget to handle.

“After they had it appraised, they felt that we should pay more and it didn’t make financial sense to us for what we were using it for,” said Theobald. “So we decided to use other avenues for storage and programs, and we’ll be saving on utilities and upkeep.”

He also said that the new court clerks have cut costs from the town court by eliminating follow-up correspondence to attorneys and residents regarding adjournment notices and fine renewals, and have therefore saved a considerable amount of costs in postage.

The board is still working out the kinks on issues like health insurance, departmental assessments and fund balance sustainability before it can adopt the 2014 budget.

“We are still reviewing the overall preliminary budget. The board anticipates that the final budget will reflect rates similar to the preliminary budget,” Theobald said.

The board could adopt the budget at its meeting on Nov. 13. If it does not adopt it then, it must adopt the budget at its Nov. 20 meeting to meet the New York state deadline.

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