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Ti budget plan eliminates rec program

Budget meeting Oct. 25

Gabriella Dedrick plays at the 2011 Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program. The 2012 tentative Ticonderoga budget calls for the elimination of the summer program.

Gabriella Dedrick plays at the 2011 Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program. The 2012 tentative Ticonderoga budget calls for the elimination of the summer program.

— The tentative 2012 Ticonderoga budget calls for the elimination of the community summer youth recreation program.

The program serves about 100 children a year, offering arts and crafts, sports, swimming and other activities. It also provides daily breakfast and lunch through a federal food program.

That’s one of the cuts in a $4.9 million proposed spending plan that falls within the new state-imposed 2 percent tax cap.

The plan is not final and Ticonderoga officials want to know the public’s 2012 budget priorities.

That’s why trustees will hold an informational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Community Building auditorium.

“It will be a casual, relaxed, informational meeting,” Supervisor Deb Malaney said. “People can ask questions and make suggestions about the 2012 budget. We hope people let us know what’s important to them.”

Town officials have been working on next year’s budget for some time and have a tentative spending plan in place. That plan meets the new state 2 percent tax cap.

“I would like to see us stay within the tax cap,” Malaney said.

Municipalities can exceed the 2 percent tax cap if four of five town board members agree.

The 2 percent cap allows for a tax levy increase of $48,540 in the town’s general fund and $25,605 in the highway fund.

Ticonderoga’s tentative budget calls for a 1 percent increase, $18,059, in the general fund and an 8 percent increase, $133,137, in the highway department. Combined they total less than a 2 percent overall tax hike, Malaney said.

Fire district budgets are part of the overall town budget, but are submitted by fire district commissioners. Town boards have no say on fire district budgets. The Chilson fire district has submitted a budget that calls for a 1 percent tax increase. The Ticonderoga fire district has not yet submitted its budget.

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