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Highland approves 2014 budget

By David Hulse
November 13, 2013

T’was the night before elections and all through the hall, the new budget was heard and the increase was small.

Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar on Monday renewed his election-year policy of completing the town’s new budget before the voters go to the polls. “In past,” he said, “there have been a lot of instances when after elections were done, then the (spending) shenanigans would take place. When you finish the budget beforehand and there are issues, it forces people to take a stand.”

However, there was little likelihood of budget impacts on this year’s elections, as none of the town offices on the ballot were contested.

Meeting in special session on November 4, the town board first held hearings for the contracts with the Sunshine Hall Library, Yulan and Highland Lake fire departments.

There was no objection to any of the contracts and the following board meeting unanimously adopted a resolution approving the various service contracts.

The board adopted a 2014 appropriations budget of $2,189,420.64, calling for an amount to be raised by taxes of $1,636,202.64. The resulting 1.33% increase came in under the state’s mandated budget increase ceiling.

In addition, a resolution was adopted to ratify an October 28 grant application for Super Storm Sandy funding requesting a 75% federal share of the proposed $1.4 million plan to relocate the town highway garage from its location on the Halfway Brook to a long-planned site behind the community center at 725 State Rte. 55.

A resolution to adopt the amended Emergency Services Plan, after modifying the title, expanding the Hazard Mitigation Plan and correcting a typographical error, was again tabled to include a reference to National Incident Management System.