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Pine Plains Town Board dives deep into 2022 tentative budget

PINE PLAINS — Meeting at 7 p.m., the Pine Plains Town Board held a thorough discussion about the 2022 tentative budget and its priorities on Monday, Oct. 4.

Board members met in-person at Town Hall and live-streamed their meeting to the “Town of Pine Plains” YouTube channel for the public’s viewing.

Diving headfirst into their discussion, the board began with its priorities for the next fiscal year. Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud reported on a later date that the board decided, as a town, that its priorities are taking care of town personnel, the library, the Recreation Department and public safety.

Cloud said it is trying to do better in regard to salaries, adding that it wants to bring up salaries every year on a rotating basis. She explained the board put Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge John Hughes on a salary versus paying him hourly.

Supporting both the library and the Recreation Department continues to be an ongoing priority. In August, Cloud said the Pine Plains Free Library received a $50,000 grant from Dutchess County’s “Learn, Play, Create: Supporting Our Kids” grant program to create a creative youth STEAM space.

As posted online at www.dutchessny.gov, the grant will allow the library to purchase “flexible and growable plans, furniture, equipment, supplies and materials to expand underutilized spaces into modern creativity areas for youth and teens, including technology such as computers, laptops and tablets for check-out.”

The Town Board will discuss the 2022 preliminary budget at its workshop meeting on Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. A public hearing on the preliminary budget will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:05 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 3284 Route 199 in Pine Plains.

After the public hearing, Cloud said the board plans to accept the preliminary budget as the final budget in November.

Residents interested in learning more can review the tentative budget Pine Plains Town Hall.

The 2022 preliminary budget will be posted on the town website, www.pineplains-ny.gov, around Friday, Oct. 22.

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