ARKWRIGHT - Ark-wright has joined other municipalities by enacting a local law that allows the town board to exceed the 2 percent tax cap. This applies to the regular budget and the fire protection district cost.
A public hearing was held before the law was enacted. Supervisor Frederic Norton said because the county is transferring workers' compensation to the towns, the budget will exceed the 2 percent cap.
A local law to exceed the tax cap has to be passed by a 60 percent majority of the board. This was the case. Councilmen Larry Ball, Roger Cardot and Dennis Stevens voted "yes." Councilman Randy Shaffer was on vacation so was not present at this meeting.
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Arkwright Town Super-visor Frederic Norton speaks about the local law to exceed the 2 percent tax cap.
Norton presented a tentative budget that has the town tax increasing from $9.65 to $10.64 per thousand. The fire tax is projected to remain at $1.17 per thousand.
A special board meeting will be held on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the town offices to set the date for the budget hearing.
The budget hearing will take place on Nov. 5.
In other business:
Town Clerk Tammie-Ann Wichlacz reported she can not print hunting licenses on her computer system and is waiting for a new printer program from the Department of Environ-mental Conservation.
Town Highway Super-intendent Steve Mead reported expenditures for fuel, gravel, and rip-rap. He also reported 350 tires were picked up during the recent tire amnesty.
Ralph Wilson from 20 Bliss Street Inc. attended the meeting, bringing for review the contract for the supply of natural gas to the town highway department and town hall. Ball noted that repairs were needed to the well and wanted some guarantee they would be carried out. The contract was accepted for review.
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