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BOARD AIMS AT SAVINGS IN BUDGET FOR 2006

With the 2005 budget recently adopted, the Wales Town Board took aim at economies for 2006 during a workshop meeting Tuesday.

Board members decided to target house stipends -- long the reimbursement for officials who use their own homes as offices. They are likely to be eliminated by the board in December. Eliminating the $30-a-month stipend would impact only the highway superintendent, according to board members.

The highway superintendent no longer works out of his home, Councilman Edmund Bogucki said.

Also being targeted is the position of payroll clerk for two highway employees, at a savings of $500, and economies in the health care plan for four town employees, which Bogucki called a "Cadillac plan."

In other matters, town officials announced the first tree-lighting ceremony will be held outside the community center on Route 20A at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. It will be followed by caroling and refreshments. Newly elected Councilman Howard Lobaugh donated the tree.

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