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Glenville adopts $18.2M budget

Spending plan under tax cap at 3.2 percent tax levy increase

— Fees won’t be increasing and fund reserve usage continues to decrease, but taxes will go up under the 2012 budget adopted by the Glenville Town Board.

The Republican board unanimously approved next year’s budget that totals just over $18.24 million and falls under the state-mandated tax cap, which for Glenville was a 3.2 percent tax levy increase. After allowable exclusions from the tax cap, the levy comes in at a 1.8 percent increase. Out of the town’s three main funds — general, town outside the village and highway — spending is decreasing by nearly $155,000, totaling $11.6 million for next year.

The average Glenville resident with a house assessed at $173,000 will see their taxes increase by about $18, for a total of $571 on 2012’s tax bill. The average Scotia resident with a house assessed at $124,000 will see their taxes increase by about $2, which totals $107 next year.

“I think this is a good, solid, responsible budget and I’m proud of it,” said Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle.

The only significant change in the adopted budget from Koetzle’s tentative budget is the board took out the 1.75 percent pay raise for itself and the supervisor. The overall cost for all five members to receive a 1.75 percent raise was $1,151. The two remaining elected officials salaries, town clerk and highway superintendent, still hold a 1.75 percent raise.

Koetzle touted the decreased spending in the three main funds before voting on the budget.

“This budget, for the first time in a long time, cuts operational funding by $150,000,” said Koetzle. “That continues the trend we started when we cut non-mandated spending last year by $200,000 through staff reductions.”

There are no layoffs budgeted, but there is a six-month hiring freeze for the first half of 2012, which is estimated to yield around $150,000 in savings. The open positions to remain unfilled during the freeze include a police detective, deputy town clerk and deputy highway superintendent.

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