Copake taxes spike up 27% under new budget

COPAKE–The Town Board adopted a final version of the 2010 budget November 12, but lost the town’s longtime highway superintendent in the process.

Next year’s budget carries with it a 27% hike in both the tax rate per $1,000 assessed value and the amount to be raised by taxes.

The tax rate will jump from $2.03 to $2.58 next year; the amount to be raised by taxes rises from $859,799 to $1,097,044.

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Supermarket eyes new Chatham store

Developer wants to double size of store but village has questions 

CHATHAM–An Capital Region developer wants to replace its existing Price Chopper supermarket with a 45,000-square-foot structure. But the plan raised questions for some village officials when the Village Board met last week with representatives of the developer, Schuyler Companies, to hear some of the details, including a proposal for water and sewer service from the village.

The new Price Chopper would be built adjacent to the current supermarket, the anchor store at the small shopping plaza on Route 66 at the south end of the village. Most of the seven acres south and east of the plaza, where the new building would be built, lie within the Town of Ghent.

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Hungry people strain pantries

Even as more seek help, groups fear many don’t ask

HILLSDALE–Representatives of area food pantries confirmed this week what the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report released Monday: More Americans lack consistent access to adequate food than at any time since the government began keeping records on hunger.

Area pantries are serving many more families than they have in the past, but their representatives almost universally expressed concern for the people in need who are too embarrassed or too proud to ask for help.

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Students get vaccine when available

HUDSON—The Columbia County Health Department continues to vaccinate children in Columbia County schools as H1N1 vaccine becomes available, according to a November 17 county Health Department press release.
The department has enough vaccine to administer in the Chatham and Taconic Hills central school districts on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20.
Vaccine availability continues to be a challenge as the health department tries to meet the demands of county residents seeking the vaccine, says the release.
Residents should check the county health department’s website at www.columbiacountyny.com and the media for information about local vaccination clinics. Details will be provided if clinics are scheduled.

Copake math: Cuts boost proposed budget

COPAKE–Apparently the whittling is not going well.

2010 preliminary town budget figures available at the first installment of an extended budget public hearing November 5 show a 1% increase in the amount to be raised by taxes and a one-cent hike in the tax rate over tentative budget figures released in late September.

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