Municipal budget season begins with Deerpark proposing decrease

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HUGUENOT – Deerpark Town
Supervisor Gary Spears has presented his 2016 tentative town board proposing
a 0.29 percent in the tax levy. This is the fourth consecutive year that
Spears has been involved in the budget process as either a town board
member or town supervisor and the spending plan has come in at either
a one percent change or below.

Spears attributed the hold-the-line budget to a restructuring of town
operations to achieve cost savings and optimal efficiency in operations.

The tentative budget is subject to review by the town board and the state
Comptroller’s Office. A preliminary budget will be adopted in early
October with a public hearing held in early November and a final spending
plan adopted by November 20.

The proposed budget includes continued funding for senior citizen activities,
successful town-wide cleanup projects, ongoing youth programs and municipal
upgrades and maintaining increased funding for road repaving.

It also provides for funding to begin construction of a proposed police
department annex to the town hall building.