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New Castle Town Board Passes 2012 Budget

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – The New Castle Town Board unanimously adopted an amended version of the preliminary town budget for 2012 at Tuesday night's board meeting. In total, the budget features a tax levy of $19,333,001. Residents with an average assessment of $172,900 will see a roughly $49 increase from their 2011 bills when it comes to the town’s general and highway funds.

The adopted budget means that New Castle will stay within the 2 percent tax cap for 2012.  "A great many people deserve a lot of credit,” for the budget, said Supervisor Barbara Gerrard. "It was so masterfully put together by our town administrator."

The only amendment from the preliminary budget, which Town Administrator Penny Paderewski presented on Nov. 23, is the addition of $25,000 for night-time snow removal.

The amendment allows for more overtime for employees of the department of public works. Employees were limited in their clean-up abilities during the October snowstorm and several local merchants complained that cleaning during the day was disruptive to business.

At 62 percent, the general and highway budgets make up the largest percentage of the adopted spending plan.  Filling out the town’s portion of the taxes are the water district at 24 percent, refuse district at 9 percent, and special districts at 5 percent. None of those districts saw an increase for 2012.

The cutbacks mean the town will lose seven-and-a-half employees. There will be one less job position in the town clerk’s office, two less in the recreation department, two non-officers in the police department, two in the department of public works, and a part-time position in the courts.

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