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Thurman may reinstate youth program

— In late 2012, Wood had sought the discontinuance to keep taxes level in 2013. She also had said that charging for trash collection through property taxes was unfair to landowners who didn’t generate any trash, or owned substantial acreage.

Wood said she was happy that this year, for the first time in quite a few, pension costs for town employees have not risen.

She said that when state Comptroller Thomas DeNapoli asked for reactions to his office’s new “financial stress test” program, she wrote him back a scathing two-page letter citing the recent double-digit increases in pension fund contributions.

“It’s quite a relief that there’s no substantial increase this year,” she said, adding that virtually every major budget category would remain even with last year.

“Town department heads understand the budgetary constraints we’re working under,” she said.

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