There were not a lot of happy people in Ballston Spa Monday night.
It was a full house at VFW Post 358 for a public hearing on the village's proposed $4.3 million budget, a package that includes a 26% tax increase.
Mayor John Romano expects the tax increase will be around 10-12% when it's all done, but others, like Trustee Noel Shaw says the real problem is the fiscal state of the village.
He's proposing an increase in water and fire protection fees, and would like to see a village-wide re-assessment.
There will be more public budget workshops in the next couple of weeks.
The board will vote on the budget on the 23rd.