Van Buren taxes remain flat

Budget calls for $45,000 less in spending

The town supervisor and town board members will not receive raises this coming year, but contractual salary increases are 2.5 percent. The town has two collective bargaining agreements, one ending in 2014 and one ending in 2015.

The largest capital expenses for the town in 2014 will be road resurfacing, a four-year computer replacement, resurfacing the tennis courts and highway garage repairs, Maxwell said.

Some other expenses include street lighting costs, vehicle repairs, legal expenses and the funding of the Canton Woods Senior Center at a cost of $66,950. Councilor Mary Frances Sabin pointed out that the senior center usually receives $80,000 from the town. Sykes said the village government plans to cover the center’s balance with money it has left over in a special account.

Maxwell noted that retirement benefit costs, which have gone up substantially in recent years, are finally starting to level out and may start to decrease, which will help the town’s overall annual budget picture.

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