Supervisor seeks 10 percent reduction in department budgets
Next year's budget for Glenville isn't going to be an easy one.
Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle is calling on his department heads to reduce their budgets, which are due on Aug. 3, by 10 percent as planning begins for next year's budget. Declining revenues, increasing costs of state mandates and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax cap were reasons Koetzle said developing a budget is going to be difficult in the coming year. Reducing allocations from the town's fund balance to under $1 million next year is also one of Koetzle's goal. If the town increased its budget by 2 percent, there would be a $75,000 increase in revenue.
Koetzle said the town is expecting an increase around $460,000 in costs, which without mandate relief will result in more cuts. Pay increases given before the tax cap was approved increase costs by $180,000, he said. Health insurance costs are expected to rise by $150,000 if the same trend holds and pension costs will increase by $130,000.
As you can see, this cap is problematic because it doesn't allow us to grow even by one of those costs, said Koetzle. "Compound that with a decrease in revenue with our other lines, sales tax is flat, mortgage tax is down our licensing fees are down because we never came to a deal with Time Warner, and we are down in a few other lines."
If the Republican Town Board did want to raise taxes above the 2 percent tax cap, it would need three of the five council members to vote in support of overturning the cap. Board members have discussed implications of the tax cap, but Koetzle said the discussion of overturning the cap hasn't been broached yet.
"No one has really weighed in yet on whether they want to override [the tax cap] or not," said Koetzle.