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Cazenovia preliminary town budget now available for public review

Modest tax increases included for town residents

— The preliminary Cazenovia town budget, which was publicly released by the town board last week, contains higher expenditures from last year, mainly due to increases in town benefits and retirement spending, and offers modest tax increases for town residents.

The budget contains few major changes from last year other than a proposed doubling of the salary for town supervisor, which was added to make the job more attractive for potential future candidates. Town Supervisor and Budget Officer Ralph Monforte also attempted to remove $125,000 in environmental funding from the budget — which has been used in previous years to fund chemical treatment of the lake, which he believes is not working — but the rest of the board replaced the funds.

These two issues caused Monforte to vote no on the approving the preliminary budget, although it did pass 4-1.

The preliminary town budget contains $2.9 in total expenditures with $1.23 million to be raised by tax (both numbers include the seven special districts in the town). All salaries are up 3 percent except supervisor which was doubled from $7,918 to $16,000; the town’s health care costs increased by 7 percent.

The town-wide (those who live in the village) tax rate is $1.298 per $1,000 of assessed value and the town-outside (those who live outside the village) tax rate is $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed value — so a house assessed at $100,000 will have a tax rate of approximately $130 or $142 for the year. This is an increase in taxes by approximately 14 and 8 cents per $1,000, respectively, from 2013.

The town’s 2013 budget was $2.85 million in total expenditures with $1.158 million raised by tax with a town-wide tax rate of 1.15 percent and a town-outside tax rate of 1.34 percent.

The preliminary budget is now available on the town website or can be viewed in person at the town offices. There will be a public hearing on the town budget at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4.

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