October 20, 2011
C’ville spending would rise 1.8 percent
Town’s $6.4 million budget proposal keeps tax rate flat, increases tax levy 0.7 percent
CORTLANDVILLE — The town’s preliminary budget for 2012 increases spending by 1.8 percent but raises the tax levy by less than 1 percent.
The total expenditures in the 2012 preliminary town budget are $6,365,142, an increase of 1.8 percent from the current year’s adopted budget.
Town Supervisor Dick Tupper said the town has experienced a lot of growth in retail industry in the last few years, with the opening of Walmart and Lowe’s on Route 13. He said the budget reflects the town’s recent economic boom.
“We’re very pleased,” Tupper said. “We’ve had a lot of growth in the area over the last few years.”
The town tax rate will not increase this year. It will be about $3.10 per $1,000 of assessed value, Tupper said.
The total town tax levy will be $1,683,313 in the preliminary budget, a 0.7 percent increase from the current year’s budget. The town plans to use about $93,000 more from its unexpended fund balance in this year’s budget to keep taxes flat. It will use $1,630,245 from the unexpended fund balance.
Tupper described the preliminary town budget as “conservative” because it does not add jobs and keeps spending and town taxes near 2011 levels. The budget projects a $142,213 increase in town real property taxes in the general fund budget, going from $1,050,482 in 2011 to $1,192,695 in 2012.
The water and sewer rates will stay the same this year.
The water rate will be $17.30 for the first 6,000 gallons, with each additional 1,000 gallons costing $2.88. The sewer rate will be $23 for the first 6,000 gallons. The additional cost per 1,000 gallons will be $3.83.
The budget for the sewer district increased from $1,279,407 for 2011 to $1,364,700 in the 2012 preliminary budget, a 6.6 percent increase.
The water district budget went from $1,408,347 in 2011 to $1,304,698, a 7.3 percent decrease.
The budget for the Cortlandville Fire District has not been submitted yet. The town collects the fire district taxes but has no involvement in creating the fire budget.
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