“Town Board members gave themselves raises of $17,000 to $20,000 in a revised 2019 budget that also increases property taxes, funds a “litter control” unit and potentially close or lease one of the town’s public swimming pools to save money.
The annual raises and some other spending decisions were not part of town Supervisor Michael Specht’s original $120.2 million budget unveiled in October and followed by a public hearing.
The town still faces an estimated $8.5 million deficit in the spending plan adopted last week, but has dedicated $3.5 million to slash it some. The independent audits from 2015 to 2017 have not been completed to determine a precise estimate of the town’s fiscal woes. [Read more…]