continued Councilwoman Gina Wierzbowski said the town has held two budget forums seeking input from residents, but attendance was “really low.” She said explaining the budget can be difficult.
“It is really hard to try and explain all of the things that impact our budget,” Wierzbowski said. “When this 2 percent tax cap was passed, I don’t understand why there no impetus to change the way the state does business as well. This is the state coming down on local governments, who are much more lean and much more efficient than the state, and holding this limit on us that … is completely unrealistic.”
Each 1 percent increase in the tax levy for the town amounts to around $50,000 added to the budget. Koetzle the town is facing about $600,000 in new costs in 2012. Some cost savings were recently achieved from town employee union contract negotiations resulting in health care expense savings, he said.
“All the revenue lines have dropped … what other place can we go?” said Koetzle.