Village of B'ville: Proposed tax rate, tax levy up

— Officials will vote on a $4,047,370 budget for the village of Baldwinsville on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Village Treasurer Anna Custer presented the budget, which represents a $44,288 increase over last year’s budget, to the village board during a public hearing held Thursday, Jan. 3. No one spoke either for or against the budget.

This is the first year the village will receive no sales tax monies from the county; last year the village budgeted to receive $78,879 from sales tax. In addition, officials have budgeted for a $55,094 increase in police salaries in the event a contract for the current period is ratified during the 2013-14 budget year. (Contracts are negotiated every two years; the last contract negotiated was for the 2009-2011 time period).

According to Custer, the village’s fund balance will help cover the difference from these items. There is also a $64,179 proposed increase in the tax levy (amount to be raised through property taxes): $2,244,836 compared to last year’s $2,180,657.

The proposed tax rate for both Lysander and Van Buren taxpayers residing within the village is $7.23 per $1,000 in assessed value, an increase of 14 cents above the 2012-13 tax rate of $7.09. This means the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $723 in village property taxes not including any special district costs. Incidentally, this is the same tax rate increase that residents faced last year (14 cents from $6.95 per $1,000 to $7.09 per $1,000).

The village board decided to postpone voting on the budget to allow residents more time to review the document, which is available on the village’s website (baldwinsville.org) and in the clerk’s office (16 West Genesee St., Baldwinsville). The village must approve the budget by Jan. 20.

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