Pro­posed town bud­get sub­ject of board re­view

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble News@Free­manon­line.com

RHINEBECK >> Town Board mem­bers will meet Mon­day to re­view a pro­posed $3.66 mil­lion 2017 bud­get that would de­crease spend­ing by $34,390, a 0.93 per­cent de­cline.

The ses­sion is sched­uled for 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 80 E. Mar­ket St.

The bud­get would au­tho­rize a $2.22 mil­lion prop­erty tax levy, which would be un­changed from the cur­rent spend­ing plan.

In­for­ma­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able on the town’s tax levy limit. The to­tal levy, which in­cludes spe­cial dis­tricts that do not in­clude all prop­er­ties, is pro­posed at $2.7 mil­lion for a 1.57 per­cent in­crease of $41,836.

“What’s driv­ing this bud­get is stay­ing within the tax cap and try­ing to pro­vide the ser­vices that we need to pro­vide,” Su­per­vi­sor El­iz­a­beth Spinzia said. “I pro­posed hir­ing ad­di­tional staff in the code en­force­ment, zon­ing en­force­ment of­fice, but I don’t know if the Town Board is on top of that. We only have some­body for 20 hours a week en­forc­ing our code, and he’s not able to get done a frac­tion of what needs to be done.”

Spinzia said the town is see­ing some sav­ings from pay­ing off a high­way garage, but there may be more bor­row­ing nec­es­sary to con­duct a town­wide prop­erty as­sess­ment reval­u­a­tion.

“We’re in dan­ger of los­ing ... our 100 per­cent (equal­iza­tion rate),” she said. “We have a huge lack of par­ity in our as­sess-

ments and we may need to get ... an out­side per­son to come in and revalue the as­sess­ment (roll) for us.”

Other bud­getary con­cerns in­clude an an­tic­i­pated $50,000 in­crease in the cost of health in­sur­ance for em­ploy­ees, Spinzia added

“It’s a con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tion year for us with the High­way Depart­ment,” she said, “so, in the bud­get is only a raise for the union work­ers at tax cap, which I think is about an 11-cent-per-hour raise.”

Salaries un­der the pro­posed bud­get in­clude su­per­vi­sor, un­changed at $20,000; each of four Town Board mem­bers, un­changed at $5,753; tax col­lec­tor, at $6,763 for a 2.01 per­cent in­crease of $133; each of three asses­sors, un­changed at $9,897; clerk, at $41,653 for a 2 per­cent in­crease of $817; and high­way su­per­in­ten­dent, un­changed at $55,682.

“It’s a con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tion year for us with the High­way Depart­ment, so, in the bud­get is only a raise for the union work­ers at tax cap, which I think is about an 11-cent-per­hour raise.” — Su­per­vi­sor El­iz­a­beth Spinzia

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