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Town passes budget, discusses mealsite

— The Johnsburg town budget was passed with some minor revisions for town employee raises and fire department funding at the Nov. 17 meeting.

Included in the final budget is a movement of 2,000 to meet the 2 percent increase requested by the fire departments.

Goodspeed said the raises for town employees were found in contracts with the county. Warren County is obligated to pay 85 percent of the senior mealsite's utility bills through 2012. That obligation freed up $5,000 from the town budget that he was able to use to give some raises out to town employees not part of the bargaining union.

The board received an informal petition to keep the senior mealsite open, with 84 signatures.

The senior mealsites are especially important to Johnsburg because the town is so large geographically. The daily meals bring people into Johnsburg's business district where they can socialize and complete errands, said Goodspeed.

The town also approved a bid for senior transportation at $9,485. The county is no longer covering these expenses, though Goodspeed accounted for $5,000 of it in this year's budget. If the county will not fund any of the amount, the town will use forthcoming sales tax revenues to make up the difference.

“I'm being moderate on the sales tax revenues. They look very, very good,” he said.

The town board also received notice that information kiosks need Upper Hudson Railroad changed to Saratoga-North Creek railroad.

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