Rockland towns try to contain budgets in face of mandates
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Orangetown's 2013 budget, at nearly $63 million, was passed Tuesday night which will bump up property taxes 4.9 percent.
Supervisor Andy Stewart initially proposed a $66 million budget, but he and the town board slashed that by $2 million -- bringing it nearly $1.5 million under 2012's figure -- despite increased state-mandated costs and county chargebacks.
Stewart avoided major layoffs,...