Lenox: Tentative budget presented

Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica presented the town's tentative budget to the board on Oct. 2.

The budget presented was a little more than $2.2 million. The amount to be raised by taxes is around $1.4 million.

Town residents are looking at paying $1.70 per $1,000 assessed value. Last year town taxpayers paid $1.34 per $1,000. Village residents will see an 11 cent increase from last year at $1.99 per $1,000 assessed value. Last year Wampsville taxpayers paid nothing but this tentative budget shows 32 cents per $1,000 of assessment.

The total assessed value of property is $415 million.

An additional $25,000 for fire protection has been budgeted this year, $20,000 of it for Canastota and $5,000 for Wampsville fire departments bringing the town's total fire protection costs to nearly $125,000.

Raises to all town employees is included; the percentage is yet to be determined but somewhere between 3 and 4 percent. The budget also reflects a 20 percent increase in worker's compensation benefits.

"We will cut [the budget] like we did last year," DiVeronica said. "We always start out high but we will have a good budget like we always do."

A copy of the budget is on file at the town office.

Board members will review the budget and meet again. It must be adopted by Nov. 20.

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