Bud­get cuts spend­ing but in­creases tax levy

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

WOOD­STOCK >> The town’s pro­posed bud­get for 2017 would cut spend­ing by 1.3 per­cent but raise the prop­erty tax levy by 1.9 per­cent.

The pro­posal to­tals $7.06 mil­lion, which is about $93,000 lower than the 2016 amount. The amount to be gen­er­ated by prop­erty taxes is to rise by about $115,000, to $6.16 mil­lion. In­for­ma­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able about the state-set cap for Wood­stock’s tax levy in­crease.

Town Board mem­ber Bill McKenna said the high­way tax levy in the bud­get is pro­posed to in­crease by about 5 per­cent be­cause there isn’t a fund bal­ance to carry over from 2016 to 2017.

“We’ve built three bridges in the last three years, so we’ve de­pleted those re­serves a lit­tle bit and we need to build them up a lit­tle bit,” McKenna said.

Pro­posed pay raises in the bud­get in­clude 2 per­cent for the town su­per­vi­sor, to $36,404 per year; 3.3 per­cent for each of the four Town Board mem­bers, to $10,395 apiece; 2 per­cent for the town clerk, to $57,557; and 3 per­cent for the town high­way su­per­in­ten­dent, to $72,511.

The 2017 bud­get also in­cludes:

• $972,289 for med­i­cal in­sur­ance, up 10.7 per­cent from 2016.

• $949,741 for po­lice, up 3.8 per­cent.

• $470,000 in state re­tire­ment fund con­tri­bu­tions, down 3.1 per­cent.

•$309,509 for the Build­ing Depart­ment, down 5 per­cent.

• $258,199 for snow re­moval, up 0.9 per­cent.

• $126,090 in work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion costs, down 9.9 per­cent.

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