Numbers for the coming year show a 3.8 percent tax increase for residents
Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle released his tentative budget for the coming year on Thursday, Sept. 30, with total costs for the town reaching $11.7 million. Early budget estimates show a 3.8 percent tax increase for residents, which Koetzle said would be an average $20 increase for residents within the town and just over $4 for residents outside the town.
It was critically important to me that the town still delivers the services to residents, said Koetzle.
A total of $1.1 million will come from the town's fund balance, which is down from the current budget's usage of $1.4 million. The fund balance is expected to total $2.8 million after the current budget.
"Replenishing the fund balance each year won't be as easy as it has been," said Koetzle.
Koetzle said he is trying to break away from dependence on the fund balance slowly, rather than through one drastic tax increase in the future.
The budget eliminates one full-time position and one part-time position and reduces two other full-time positions to part-time. Koetzle wouldn't say which positions would be affected because he said the employees must first receive notification.
Koetzle estimated cutting the two positions and reducing the two others would save the town more than $125,000 a year long-term, by eliminating salary, retirement costs, health insurance and other expenses.
"The employees of the town of Glenville have to realize we could have asked for more layoffs and more cuts," said Councilman Alan Boulant.
Koetzle said rising health-care costs were a main concern for the town.
"Obviously, we've seen a significant increase in health insurance and retirement funds, and I am not going to just pass on that increase to residents," said Koetzle. "I looked at positions that will have a minimum impact on services.