continued DelGallo’s proposed $20.1 million 2012 budget for Rotterdam holds an increase of $835,000 over the 2011 modified budget and a tax levy increase of 2.83 percent, which does fall within the tax cap after allowed adjustments. The town’s fund balance usage is set for a drastic decline with about $800,000 set for 2012, a 50 percent reduction from 2011.
Ending the reliance on fund balance usage was important, DelGallo said, because the town would run it dry shortly if it continued previous allocations. Town Comptroller Anthony Tangarone said he hopes the fund balance at the end of 2011 totals $2.3 million, but DelGallo said the town would be “lucky” if it stays above $2 million.
The budget also doesn’t take into account any possible costs from flooding damage sustained during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Initial town official estimates are around $300,000 for the blow town funds will receive.
Department head requests for the 2012 budget totaled nearly $22 million, but the tentative budget holds almost $800,000 in cuts.
Opening Rotterdam’s Tentative 2012 Budget yielded a surprise on the first two lines for board members. DelGallo had removed all four board member salaries for a total savings of $41,500.
DelGallo transferred his supervisor salary of $13,000 to town projects in 2010 and 2011 — senior center kitchen repairs and a new veteran memorial — but this time he went after the entire board’s compensation. No board members voiced any opinions on this move, but Diane Marco, Democrat candidate for town clerk, shared her bafflement.
“The entire Town Board will have a zero salary in your budget?” Marco asked DelGallo. “What an embarrassment.”
His justification for cutting the board’s salary was to keep one town employee position.
“There ain’t nobody up here that needs money,” DelGallo responded. “It’s easier to keep one man working than it is to give somebody a little bit of money.”