Town bud­get OK’d; prop­erty tax levy ex­ceeds state cap

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

ROSENDALE, N.Y. » The Town Board has adopted a $3.9 mil­lion bud­get for 2018 with a prop­erty tax levy that ex­ceeds the cap set by the state.

The bud­get is 0.5 per­cent smaller than its 2017 coun­ter­part but has a tax levy that’s $49,000 higher than the 2017 levy and $37,407 higher than the max­i­mum al­lowed by New York state.

Towns in New York can breach the tax cap with a sim­ple-ma­jor­ity vote of the Town Board.

Rosendale’s 2018 prop­erty tax levy is $2.85 mil­lion, which is about 1.8 per­cent, larger than the town’s 2017 levy.

The bud­get in­creases the town su­per­vi­sor’s salary by 5 per­cent, to $42,000. And ris­ing by 2 per­cent are the salaries of the four Town Board mem­bers, to $6,628 each; the town clerk, to $33,552; the high­way su­per­in­ten­dent, to $55,978; the two town jus­tices, to $15,757 each; and the tax col­lec­tor, to $10,082.

Other ex­penses in the 2018 bud­get in­clude:

• $1.4 mil­lion in debt pay­ments, down 0.9 per­cent from 2017.

• $434,800 for the po­lice depart­ment, down 7.8 per­cent.

• $373,000 for high­way gen­eral re­pairs, down 0.7 per­cent.

• $202,045 in build­ing ex­penses, down 0.4 per­cent.

• $162,736 for high­way ma­chin­ery, up 0.4 per­cent.

• $150,000 for pool ex­penses, down 9.2 per­cent.

• $106,850 for youth pro­grams, up 13.6 per­cent.

• $100,000 for snow re­moval, down 17.8 per­cent.

• $95,800 for safety in­spec­tions, down 7.8 per­cent.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

The town of Rosendale’s ex­penses for its pub­lic pool com­plex are ex­pected to be 9.2 per­cent lower in 2018 than in 2017.

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