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Mayor Olson presents first draft of Fayetteville budget

The proposed 2013-14 budget calls for no raise in taxes

— Mayor Mark Olson went through the first draft of the 2013-14 budget for Fayetteville at the village’s board meeting on March 11. Among other things, under this proposal, residents could expect a $6.70 tax rate per thousand of assessed value, the same rate they’ve been paying for the last nine years.

“I’m very comfortable with this budget,” Olson said. “We’re not done, but this is preliminary.”

This year, every group that asked for money was fully funded- this includes the recreation department, the senior center and other community groups.

In the budget, it states that village employee retirement went down $12,000 due to two pending retirements. Social Security costs for village employees will also go down about $7,000. Olson stated that health insurance will go up $26,000 because he is trying to be “overcautious” on the assessments. The village is anticipating an increase in health insurance based on the fact that insurance rates could go up as high as 18% this year.

Court revenue is up $10,000 and court costs are down by about $3,000. Overall spending is listed as $5.3 million, which is up $100,000 from last year.

The village board met on March 25 to discuss the court clerk’s office component of the proposed budget and is planning to meet again on April 8 to discuss the fire department section of the budget.

Truck traffic

Some village residents were present at the board’s March 25 meeting to voice their concern about the truck traffic through the village and more specifically, on Elm Street. Large delivery trucks and tractor trailers have been using the narrow street to cut through on their way to other places in the village.

Additionally, business owners who were displeased with the truck traffic in the historic district on East Genesee Street talked about how they were concerned about how dirt and diesel from the trucks had gotten into their houses and wanted to know if there was anything the village could do to minimize it. After lengthy discussion, the board decided it couldn’t do much because Route 5 is a state road but that it would look into which trucks were driving on Elm Street and try to contact the businesses that they report to in order to try to work something out.

The next village board meeting is set for Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m.

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