Town of Granby adopts budget

The Town of Granby’s 2013 budget was adopted following the monthly board meeting last week.

Councilors Lori Blackburn, Susan Richardson and Joe Cortini agreed to give a raise to the highway superintendent in the amount of $880.

Supervisor Ed Williamson voted against the budget with a raise for the highway superintendent. He added that if all of the raise requests were accepted from the tentative budget, that taxes would increase by 30 percent.

The budget does not include a tax increase for town residents. According to Williamson, taxes were lowered last year by a small margin.

It was also decided that the Justices serving the town would split a $1,200 travel budget. Last year, Judge Edwin Winkworth spent $970 on trips to NYC and Potsdam while Judge Bruce Wells spent $105 for local classes.

Williamson felt that it was only fair to give the justices equal access to educational opportunities, saying that, in his opinion, $300 would be enough for each justice. He added that justices are required to have 12 hours of training a year and that Wells was more conservative with his travel, preferring to attend conferences close to home.

Cortini clarified that education includes travel and dues, mileage, meals, hotels, and registration for conferences. The only travel excused are routine daily trips, such as visits to the bank. It is a written policy that travel must first be pre-approved by the board.

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