Glenville budget looks long term

One idea he had for health insurance was to give municipal employees an allotted amount of money every year and then employees could choose their own health insurance.

"I do not diminish what our employees do at all, but our obligation is to our taxpayers," said Koetzle. "I don't think there is a lot to cut in staff. We want to maintain services."

He also said previous Town Boards have dug into the fund balance, using around $1 million a year, to help cover the gap and ease residents' tax burden. He said if the town continues to do this then the fund balance would run out and there would be a massive tax increase.

"There is no way that we can continue to do business the way we do," said Koetzle. "We've got to look at how do we stop these trends."

Mortgage tax revenue has also been going down, and Koetzle said he doesn't expect the housing market to pick up anytime soon. Also, the sales tax revenue has been stagnate for years. The County controls the amount of sales tax the municipalities receive.

"I'm very impressed the ways you are looking out to the problem to 2016," said Ray Germain, a 48-year Glenville resident, after the Sept. 9 presentation. "I think we need to think about different ways to share the cost."

Further budget hearings will be held in October and November as the budget process continues, concluding with the town's adopted budget planned for Nov.17.

Click the link below to view Koetzle's slideshow presentation. ""

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