QUEENSBURY The 2008 county budget was passed by the Warren County Board of Supervisors Nov. 16. In his presentation to the board, Budget Officer Nicholas Caimano made some recommendations to the board to build the future fund balance. Caimano asked the board to consider reducing or eliminating un-mandated and non-essential services and to question closely whether vacant county positions need to be filled. He also recommended using shared services between county agencies when possible. The 2008 budget contains appropriations that are $3,482,031 higher than the 2007 amount, which is a 2.6 percent increase. The amount needed to be raised by taxes has increased by $2,235,706, or 6.8 percent. Total appropriations in the budget are $139,665,245.00, before revenues to offset that amount. After revenues and appropriates surpluses are added in, the amount is reduced to $34,980,748 to be raised by taxes. Caimano pointed out that about $15 million, just over 43 percent of the amount to be raised by taxes, is Warren Countys share of all Social Services programs. The adopted budget will affect tax rates in local communities. In Bolton, that rate will increase from $3.796 per $1,000 of assessed value to $4.059; in Chester and Horicon, from $4.723 to $5.090; Johnsburg, from $134.472 to $153.902; Lake George village, from $4.92 to $6.169; Lake George outside of the village, from $3.384 to $3.608; Stony Creek from $258.267 to $277.321; Thurman from $3.543 to $3.308; and Warrensburg, from $3.936 to $4.135.