Property tax levy rising 3.7% next year
ROSENDALE >> The Town Board has adopted a $4 million town budget for 2017 that will increase spending by 4.1 percent and the property tax levy by 3.7 percent from this year’s levels.
The board voted to authorize a tax levy increase higher than allowed by the state in order to enact the budget. Information about the state’s cap for Rosendale was not immediately available.
Town Supervisor Jeanne Walsh said exceeding the cap was necessary because the town’s fund balance is running low.
She said the town typically would have taken $100,000 out of savings to keep the tax levy in check, but “I couldn’t do that anymore because we’re using up our fund balance.”
“Some towns have huge fund balances, so they can keep pulling from that,” Walsh said. “But we didn’t have it, so we just felt that was risky.”
The property tax levy in the 2017 budget totals $2.89 million. That’s $100,157 higher than this year’s amount.
Walsh said one factor driving up the budget and tax levy is the town will have much more debt next year than usual due to borrowing money to replace the town’s old swimming pool. The debt service line in the 2017 budget is $160,698 compared to just $43,613 in 2016.
The new budget also includes pay raises for elected officials: 4.7 percent for the supervisor, 2 percent for each of the four Town Board members, each of the two town justices, the highway superintendent and the tax collector; and 5 percent for the town clerk. The budget also includes: • $750,309 for employee benefits, down 1.5 percent from 2016.
• $375,972 for road repairs, down 8.8 percent.
• $162,061 for Highway Department machinery, up 2 percent.
• $121,647 for snow removal, down 2.7 percent.
• $103,900 for safety inspections, up 24.4 percent.
• $84,500 for playgrounds and recreation, down 26.2 percent.
• $94,050 for youth programs, down 0.4 percent.