Adopted town bud­get cuts tax levy by 7.41%

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

Town Board members have adopted a $3.3 mil­lion bud­get that cuts the tax levy by 7.41 per­cent.

TOWN OF ROCHESTER >> Town Board members have adopted a $3.3 mil­lion bud­get, in­creas­ing spend­ing 1.35 per­cent, or $43,938.

The spend­ing plan, which was unan­i­mously ap­proved at a meet­ing Wed­nes­day, pro­vides for a $1.77 mil­lion prop­erty tax levy, which is 7.41 per­cent lower than that for 2016, with a de­crease of $141,319. “Hold­ing ex­penses down helped.

There was an un­ex­pected drop in re­tire­ment so that helped, and I haven’t been hir­ing back full-timers where pos­si­ble, so that’s helped us save some ben­e­fits,” Su­per­vi­sor Carl Chip­man said.

Among the largest de­creases was the elim­i­na­tion of cap­i­tal out­lay ex­penses, which re­duced ap­pro­pri­a­tions by $205,000. Salaries for elected of­fi­cials in the bud­get will rise by 2 per­cent for: su­per­vi­sor, at $32,675, for a $641 in­crease; each of four Town Board members, at $5,518, for a $108 in­crease; clerk, at $41,839, for an $820 in­crease; high­way su­per­in­ten­dent, at $51,438, for a $1,009 in­crease; and two jus­tices, at $14,029 each, for a $275 in­crease.

Other changes in the bud­get in­clude:

• Em­ployee ben­e­fits at $688,198, for a 2.93 per­cent in­crease of $19,568.

• High­way gen­eral re­pairs at $545,000, for a 3.37 per­cent de­crease of $19,000.

• Refuse and garbage col­lec­tion at $255,815, for a 0.09 per­cent de­crease of $234.

• High­way Depart­ment ma­chin­ery at $181,124, for a 1.55 per­cent de­crease of $2,860.

• Snow re­moval at $175,905, for a 1.58 per­cent in­crease of $2,740.

• Youth pro­grams at $159,256, for a 3.42 per­cent in­crease of $5,267.

• Pub­lic safety at $140,851 for a 6.29 per­cent in­crease of $8,338.

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