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Landis approves budget

In a nine-minute meeting, Landis’ Board of Aldermen approved the town’s budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Only one town member, Nadine Cherry, spoke against the budget during the public hearing.

Cherry urged the board to place more importance on the town’s sidewalks, and to not invest in the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area.

“The existing sidewalks are not being kept up,” she said, adding that she recently fell walking in an area without a sidewalk.

Cherry said the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area is “not a wise investment” and that the town gets little to no income from the park.

She also touched on funding set aside for a potential new police department.

“It takes planning for the future,” she said as she encouraged them not to rush into a new police department.

After Cherry’s comments, the board unanimously approved the $2,878,369 budget.

The budget did not include a tax increase, leaving property tax at a rate of 48 cents per $100.

It does, however, include increased commercial and residential deposit fees for power and water. The commercial fee will increase from $275 to $350, and the residential fee will increase from $135 to $200. These fees are a deposit and are either refunded or applied to a customer’s last bill when they move from town.

The budget sets aside $2,87,982 for the town’s administration department, $1,022,044 for police, $666,331 for fire, $376,468 for streets, $173,000 for sanitation and $352,544 for recreation.

The town plans to purchase a new police patrol car, add two additional firefighters to its staff, repair the depot roof, work on the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area, purchase a snowplow and install a new telecommunications system, computers and servers at city hall.

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