Village of Liverpool taxes should remain flat

— Over the past decade, the village had received about $550,000 annually from the county’s 4 percent sales tax. Over the next 10 years Liverpool will get just $281,000 per year. That’s its share of $4 million annually which the county will distribute among its 15 villages as part of a new Village Infrastructure Program.

Because of the loss of sales-tax revenue, village taxes rose for the first time in 14 years in 2011, although the total 2011-12 budget was just $2,223,428. Village taxes went up by approximately 22 percent, but that hike was offset somewhat by a lowering of the county tax rate.

That year village employees willingly suspended contractually guaranteed salary increases, said Mayor Gary White. In the coming year, Sims anticipates raises of 2 percent going into effect.

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