The town tax rate is set to decrease for the second year in a row while the spending plan raises salaries and wages for employees and officials.

Kenneth Weaver, who resigned from the post in September, confronted the town's supervisor publicly because his health insurance had been canceled, but the supervisor pointed to a provision in the employee handbook making Weaver ineligible after 2013.

A second special election asking voters to allow the sale of a fire truck was passed on Tuesday night, with 136 ballots cast. The first referendum was defeated in August, 15 to 15. A town wide letter might have been the key.

KNOX — With a generous boost from its savings, the town’s proposed $2.2 million budget carries over many of the same appropriations as last year while remaining under the state limit on tax-levy increases.

The public response has been mixed in the wake of Berne's purchase of 358 acres of land, with the hope to generate revenue and jobs from it as a destination. Despite some backlash and petitions, the town's supervisor has touted the decision as one most residents are excited about.

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