continued The budget also reflects savings of over $110,000 due to two fewer employees in the town Public Works department than 18 months ago. Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty praised the existing employees for shouldering many of the duties once associated with the two positions.
At the board meeting, several board members expressed concern about how restrictive the budget was, suggesting it be increased closer to the sum dictated by the state tax cap.
Scuttled in the budget were needed repairs to the deteriorating Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand as well as to the town Senior Center. The board had also talked earlier this year of replacing a crumbling retaining wall at the town beach on Echo Lake — a project that is now likely to be postponed for another year, Geraghty said.
“Considering the financial stresses that many of our citizens are now facing, we need to budget as conservatively as possible,” he said.