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DeWitt adopts 2014 budget, tax rate to increase by 12 cents

— “Normally, the elected officials do not get wage increases, but this year, we gave the councilors a raise because we pay them minimum wage, and minimum wage went from $7.25 to $8 an hour,” he said. “The judges’ salaries were raised by two percent and each will receive about $700 more this year.”

Curulla said he wasn’t expecting the board to adopt a budget so early on. The state requires that each town adopt a budget by Nov. 20 this year. Last year, DeWitt held two budget hearings and then had to schedule a special meeting to pass the budget on Nov. 19, three days after last year’s deadline of Nov. 16.

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