Koetzle: Union concessions could help lower 2011 tax hike
Glenville residents might end up paying a little more in taxes than they first expected due to an unforeseen expense.
During the Glenville Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 20, Supervisor Christopher Koetzle announced the tentative budget would raise residential taxes to a 4.5 percent increase. The change accounts for another police vehicle being added to the budget and reducing funds received from the New York State School Tax Relief program, known as STAR.
Councilman Alan Boulant said the additional police car was added to the budget because a car the board was hoping to get another year of use out of recently blew up. He said originally all the board members were in favor of funding for one additional vehicle. Chief of Police Michael Ranalli had requested funding for three vehicles in the 2011 budget.
"I continue to get letters and e-mail from primarily employees indicating that they don't know how we can make some of the decisions we make and don't understand how it really has an impact," said Koetzle. "These two little, tiny items alone bring our effective rate from 3.8 to 4.5 [percent], so it does have an impact. I'm not saying that we don't need the police car. I'm not saying that I don't support it, but it has an impact and it creeps up pretty quick."
The additional police car added $24,000 to the budget and the reduction of funds from STAR for the budget decreased revenues by $10,400. The town's proposed budget for 2011 totals $11.7 million and a total of $1.1 million would be taken from the town's fund balance. One full-time and one part-time position are planned to be eliminated and two full-time positions are also planned to be reduced to part-time positions.