After hearing from town residents struggling to pay increasing utility bills, Lantana commissioners voted July 27 to not change the existing millage rate as part of their 2010 budget — charging Town Manager Michael Bornstein with finding other ways to fill a $341,000 deficit. The vote was 3-1 with Mayor David Stewart dissenting. Councilmember Lynn Moorehouse was absent.
Public hearings for the final 2010 budget were set for September 14 and 28.

Also at the meeting:
• The commission approved a request by owners of the Carlisle senior living facility, to convert 20 independent care units to assisted living. The Carlisle, at 450 E. Ocean Ave, would still have the same total number of units, but the new mix would be 80 assisted living units and 230 for independent living.
• Approved an interlocal agreement with the Town of South Palm Beach for police dispatch services
• Approved a five percent increase in business taxes.

— Margie Plunkett and Mary Kate Leming

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