Town bud­get hear­ing set for Wed­nes­day

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

Town Board mem­bers have set a Wed­nes­day pub­lic hear­ing on a pro­posed $3.73 mil­lion 2017 bud­get car­ry­ing a 1.21 per­cent de­crease of $45,763.

The ses­sion is sched­uled for 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall at 7340 South Broad­way.

Un­der the spend­ing plan there would be a $2.3 mil­lion prop­erty tax levy rep­re­sent­ing a 1.04 per­cent de­crease of $24,079. The bud­get would be $27,595 un­der the state tax levy limit that cov­ers the town’s bud­get as well as the taxes charged to all spe­cial dis­trict.

Su­per­vi­sor Robert McKeon in a pre­pared state­ment said the bud­get ben­e­fits through grant fund­ing part­ner­ships that helps in work­ing to­ward help res­i­dents en­joy ru­ral char­ac­ter­is­tics of the town.

“This 2017 bud­get re­flects our em­pha­sis on ex­pense man­age­ment while set­ting aside funds for com­mu­nity in­vest­ment,” he said. “Those ini­tia­tives in­clude up­grad­ing and ex­pand­ing our recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties; fund­ing safer roads for pedes­tri­ans and bi­cy­clists; and zon­ing up­dates to pro­tect com­mu­nity char­ac­ter.”

Salaries in the bud­get in­clude su­per­vi­sor at $29,504 for a 2 per­cent in­crease of $579; each of four Town Board mem­bers at $33,133 for a 1.99 per­cent in­crease of $648; two jus­tices at $17,033 each for a 2 per­cent in­crease of $334; clerk at $53,255 for a 2 per­cent in­crease of $1,044; and high­way su­per­in­ten­dent at $62,545 for a 2 per­cent in­crease of $1,226.

Changes in the bud­get in­clude:

• Mort­gage tax at $180,000 for a 12.5 per­cent in­crease of $20,000.

• Po­lice pro­tec­tion at $62,500 for a 25 per­cent in­crease of $12,500.

• Zon­ing code re­vi­sions at $30,000 for a 33.33 per­cent de­crease of $15,000.

• Plan­ning en­gi­neer­ing at $110,000 for an 8.33 per­cent de­crease of $10,000.

• Road re­pairs at $206,364 for a 2 per­cent in­crease of $4,056.

• Ma­jor road im­prove­ments at $65,000 for a 30 per­cent in­crease of $15,000.

• Snow re­moval pay­roll at $103,182 for a 2 per­cent in­crease of $2,028.

• High­way salt pur­chases at $90,000 for a 9.09 per­cent de­crease of $9,000.

• State re­tire­ment at $126,152 for a 2.52 per­cent de­crease of $3,259.

• So­cial Se­cu­rity ex­penses at $71,556 for a 0.11 per­cent de­crease of $76.

• Hos­pi­tal and med­i­cal in­sur­ance at $252,953 for an 11.7 per­cent in­crease of $26,495.

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