Glenville residents to weigh in on early budget

Glenville residents will have a chance to discuss preliminary budget numbers with town officials at a public hearing slated for Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Preliminary tax rates were discussed at the Wednesday, Oct. 15, Town Council meeting, with early estimates showing an increase of 9.66 percent for Glenville residents and 8.84 percent for village residents.

Earlier this month Glenville Supervisor Frank Quinn told department heads that positions would be eliminated if money could not be saved elsewhere. The budget that was presented to the board two weeks ago suggested the possibility of eliminating nine police and highway department jobs.

If you start talking about eliminating jobs, council members and supervisors crunch numbers elsewhere, said Quinn.

Board members Chris Koetzle and Mark Quinn said eliminating positions to reduce costs seemed like a quick fix. Quinn said he was uncomfortable with eliminating public service jobs.

Supervisor Quinn defended the possible cuts to the board saying that, in light of the troubled economy, taxpayers are looking at the how the budget will affect them now more than ever.

The board eventually voted to restore the positions under the $17.9 million budget that will be presented to taxpayers at the public hearing. The bulk of the increase from last year's $17.55 million budget will cover an increase in the cost of benefits for town employees.

Officials said the uncertain future of Fire District No. 4 was taken into account in the preliminary budget. The contract for District 4 has expired, and the town is in negotiations with several neighboring municipalities, including Scotia, for continuation of services to the area. The estimated cost is at about $345,000.

If the budget is approved, a village home assessed at $124,000 could see a tax increase of $8, while a town resident with a home assessed at $173,000 would see an increase of $49.75.

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