While financial resources for the town are becoming more fluid, the Jackson Town Council has continued to exercise conservatism when drafting the coming year’s budget. Mayor Mark Barron says the budget adopted Monday reflects optimism on the parts of the town leaders with a slight cost-of-living increase included for town employees. Barron says the budget shows a 4% projected increase in sales tax revenue. Sales tax makes up about 2/3 of the town’s budget. He assures there again will be no property taxes assessed by the town. And for the first time in five years, the town is giving its employees a 3% increase increase in their salaries. Still, Barron says the town is approaching its budgeting cautiously, keeping in mind the national financial situation. Barron says one of the benefits of having had to go through years of economic decline is that you learn how to get the jobs done with a little less expense. Still, he says, the town will be responsible in keeping the streets clean and plowed, and if you dial 911, you will get a police officer, ambulance or fire truck. Council was told the town’s collection of sales taxes over the last fiscal year had increased by more than a half-million dollars from the previous year, experiencing the most significant growth since 2009.