Woodstock board slashes tentative budget

Wielding a sharp axe in a cost-cutting marathon, the Woodstock Town Board on October 25 produced a preliminary 2012 municipal budget that would reduce general fund spending by a quarter of a million dollars from the current year’s level — more than double the cut proposed in the supervisor’s tentative spending plan — and raise property taxes by slightly more than 4 percent.

The board may modify the preliminary plan, whose calculations have yet to be verified by the town bookkeeper, before it adopts a final budget no later than November 20. In its current form the budget keeps . . .

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