Essex County passes 2010 budget

The board did, however, vote for several other cuts proposed from the Nov. 25 workshop. They included $204,300 for county Enhanced 911 software and three-dimensional aerial photography upgrades and diverting an additional $30,000 from the county's STOP DWI fund to pay for a new car for the Sheriff's Department.

At the recommendation of Palmer, $100,000 was removed for a water meter and storage building at the public safety facility in Lewis.

Scozzafava urged the board to freeze supervisors' salaries at their 2009 levels. The amendment passed, resulting in a savings of roughly $14,000.

The cuts brought appropriations down to $92.9 million, which will result in a 2.3 percent increase in the tax levy to $13.5 million.

Ferebee and Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston voted against the budget, which passed 15-2. Newcomb Supervisor George Canon was absent.

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