Hardenburgh sets budget; one race for highway superintendent

By Brian Sweeney
The Town of Hardenburgh’s Tentative Budget shows a proposed tax levy increase of 4.2 percent.
The amount to be raised by taxes under the 2010 spending plan is $717,771, up $28,940.
Total appropriations under the general fund are $322,100 and highway appropriations are $558,300. The overall budget totals $880,400, excluding special districts. This is an increase from $859,500 in appropriations in the current spending plan.
The primary area of increase in the budget comes under the heading of health insurance which is projected to rise about $20,000.
The taxable assessed value of Hardenburgh properties is $106,916,842 under the Tentative Budget, down $35,969 or .035 percent.
In election news, the race for superintendent of highways is the only contested position in the Town of Hardenburgh.
Wendy O’Reilly, a Democrat, is running for superintendent of highways against Republican Charles Storms. Mrs. O’Reilly is currently a member of the town board.
All other races in the township are uncontested. Incumbent Democrat Jerry Fairbairn is seeking another two-year term. Republican board members Sherry Bellows and Douglas Odell are seeking re-election. Democrat Town Clerk Wendy Buerge is also running for another term without opposition.