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FORT ANN — The public will have a chance to weigh in on the town’s preliminary 2019 budget at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Town Hall.

The total budget, including special districts, is up about $29,000 from last year for a total of $2,833,268.

The amount to be raised by taxes, including those districts, is $2,104,943, up about 3.1 percent from last year.

Supervisor Richard Moore said the town is staying under the state tax cap of 3.35 percent.

The state Department of Taxation and Finance stipulates that towns calculate their tax levies by including special districts, if the town is the governing board. Special districts in Fort Ann include the Hadlock Park District and three fire districts — Fort Ann, Pilot Knob and West Fort Ann.

Moore declined The Post-Star‘s request to provide proposed tax rates based on the preliminary town budget. Moore said he did not feel comfortable releasing the proposed tax rates without the numbers being finalized.

Some town officials are scheduled to get raises, including the town clerk and highway superintendent.

The budget for the Hadlock Park District, which is paid for by those that live on Hadlock Pond, has been a bit up in the air. Town Board members are reviewing the park manager position and its salary, and are also figuring out what to do about their unreliable weed harvester that broke down this summer. Park Manager Joe Loszynski also resigned last month.

The Town Board is expected to discuss the future of the district during a Town Board meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday. Moore said he hopes the 2019 budget will also be passed at that meeting.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or Follow her on Twitter



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