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Towns try to weather economic storm

"Overall the budget looks pretty good," said Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas. "We have tried very hard over the last six years to reduce costs, including lessening overtime when possible, and implementing energy awareness measures."

Within the budget, the town employees, elected and appointed, will receive a 2 percent raise. Significant increases include a mandatory 84 percent rise in state retirement contributions and a 16 percent rise in health insurance benefits.

"I credit the town board, superintendent of highways and DPW Director Chris Garrow, and especially my Budget Officer and Clerk, Susan Richards, for putting this fiscally responsible budget together," said Douglas, "as well as our department heads and employees for their input on possible cost-saving measures."

Check the Valley News next week for more summaries of town budgets.

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