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Ticonderoga adopts 2010 spending plan

TICONDEROGA - Taxes will increase 2.5 percent in Ticonderoga next year.

The town board has adopted a 2010 budget that calls for increased spending and taxes.

The 2010 budget totals $4,948,913. That's a 2 percent increase from the current spending plan of $4,854,196.

The amount to be raised by taxes in the 2010 budget is $3,872,093. That's a 2.5 percent hike from the present tax levy of $3,778,245.

In the Ticonderoga fire district the tax rate in 2010 will be $9.56 per $1,000 of assessed value. That's an increase from the current tax rate of $9.38.

In the Chilson fire district the 2010 tax rate will be $10.14, up from the current tax rate of $9.89.

Sewer rates in the town will remain $420 a year in 2010, but the water rate will increase from $322 to $328.

"I think it's a good budget," Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. "We worked very hard to limit spending."

Helping keep taxes down in 2010 is $160,000 in sales tax revenue coming to the town from the county. It was Dedrick who championed the .25 percent sales tax reimbursement to towns. This is the first year it is in effect.

"That's a huge help," Dedrick said.

The 2010 budget includes 3 percent pay raises for elected officials, 4 percent pay hikes for water and sewer workers and pay raises for highway employees ranging from 1.8-3.8 percent.

The budget also includes reinstatement of the summer youth recreation program, which was wasn't held in 2009 because of construction at Ti Middle School, host site of the program.

There is a major change in the program, though.

The Ti town board has agreed the $75,000 program is too expensive for local taxpayers and should be funded by those who use it.

"We will charge tuition for the program," Dedrick said. "The tuition will be based on the school's free and reduced lunch formula."

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