Chipping, spraying cut from budget

In one local town, about 5,500 residents no longer can leave tree branches at the wastewater building to be picked up and chipped, and trucks won’t come through with a spray meant to kill mosquitoes; and the annual leaf pickup might be canceled, too.

New Whiteland had to cut its 2014 spending by $141,000, or about 9 percent; and those two services are among the first cuts. Other services might be dropped later to save money, including curbside leaf pickup in the fall, town council member John Perrin said.

The limb drop-off and mosquito spraying services were among the first to be cut because they were labor-intensive, Clerk-Treasurer Maribeth Alspach said. They are the most visible changes residents will notice, but not where the town is making the most reductions.

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