Van Buren proposed budget available, other board news

Van Buren officials have crafted a 2009 budget of $4,080,892 (minus special districts), which decreases overall spending by 3.67 percent. If approved, the amount to be raised by taxes will be $2,438,307.

The tax rate for town residents (outside the village) is $1.57 per $1,000, which is a 1.5 percent decrease from 2008 ($1.59). The tax rate for village residents in Van Buren is 22.4 cents per $1,000, which is a 30.9 percent decrease from 2008 (32.4 cents). The tax rate for the highway department is $2.82 per $1,000, which is a 1.7 percent decrease from 2008 ($2.87). The effect this will have on a $100,000 home inside the village is a total 2009 reduction of $2.39; a $100,000 house outside the village is a total 2009 reduction of $10, in addition to a 2009 Highway reduction of $4.87.

The town took into consideration the delicate financial condition of the state when creating the budget.

"We were very conservative on revenue projections for next year," said Councilor Mary Frances Sabin.

"We don't know what's going to happen with the state, so it's better to start weaning now then trying to whack out big chunks next year," Supervisor Claude Sykes added.

There will be a public hearing at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 5 regarding the proposed budget and will include a power point presentation by the town comptroller. Residents can review the tentative budget at the town clerk's office at the corner of Van Buren and Crego roads in Baldwinsville.

Proposed 2009 annual salaries include:

Town councilors (six): $8,090

Town clerk: $42,399

Highway superintendent: $53,502

Town supervisor: $30,000

Officials plan to vote on the budget following the public hearing unless significant changes need to be made.

A second public hearing regarding assessment roll and rates for the town of Van Buren special districts for 2009 will be held at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 5. The public hearing will also include comments about the Memphis Fire Protection district, which will cover areas of Van Buren and the town of Camillus for $118,000 per year. This fee will be proportionately divided between the two towns.

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