Town of Union Budget Approved

By Alexis Bullard

Town of Union Budget Approved

November 20, 2012 Updated Nov 20, 2012 at 12:39 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Town of Union officials pass the 2013 budget, setting slight tax increases for local residents.

They said even after the new budget settlement, services will be maintained while they continue to reel in spending.

With the passing of the budget, residents in the villages of Endicott and Johnson City will see a 2.7% tax increase. Those outside the villages will see a 2.5% tax increase.

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak said she is very pleased with the new budget despite tax increases on residents.

"I think we've recovered really well and we're really proud of the service," said Sotak. "There will be no services taken away out of this budget. We're still gonna have everything just the way you see it, even a little bit better."

Sotak said the town was able to save money by cutting overtime, not replacing employees that left or retired, and adjusting street lighting.

She also pointed to a $10 million federal grant that was used to help offset expenses related to last year's flood.

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