MANCHESTER VILLAGE - The 14 voters who turned out for the annual Village meeting unanimously approved a new budget that calls for $394,000 in spending, a reduction from last year's total of $477,840.

The budget was approved as it was presented, said Amy Swinarton, a member of the village's board of trustees. No one item or department saw a considerable decrease, she added.

"It was pretty much an overall decrease," she said. "It was looked at by each item, and we were able to tighten up some things. We weren't anticipating needing anything major for equipment, for example."

She explained that they have some highway and road repairing planned, and that they did have to re-allocate some funds for that.

They were also able to finish up the previous year on-budget, and completed all the maintenance that was needed without going over their budget. Voters also approved setting the deadline for paying Village taxes at September 13.

"We were trying to coordinate with the Town (of Manchester) and when their taxes are due," she said.

They also approved to impose an 8 percent penalty for all delinquencies, and to charge the maximum rate of 1 percent per month for the first three months, then one-and-a-half percent for all following months.

Swinarton mentioned that if it is postmarked on the day it is due, there will not be a late-fee collected.

Voters also authorized the trustees to borrow amounts of money "as are necessary to finance the affairs of the Village" in anticipation of taxes.


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The final item was the election of officers in the coming year.

Brian Knight was re-elected for a one-year position as President. Two members of the Board of Trustees were re-elected for two-year terms, Tom Dyett and Ramsay Gourd.

Tom Scarnecchia, Charles Pufahl, and Ariel Rudiakov were re-elected on a one-year term as auditors.

Julia Arvin was re-elected on a one-year term as Treasurer and Tax Collector.

In other business, members of the community expressed concern over the amount of vehicles that speed through the Village.