GLENVILLE Controlling budget costs and boosting revenue through economic development will remain the top priorities for Glenville officials this year.
Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle on Wednesday, Feb. 15, unveiled the town’s 2012 Strategic Plan, which outlines goals and initiatives for the town throughout the year. Increasing revenues and presenting a budget below the state 2 percent tax levy cap are the main aspects of the plan, but exploring savings through increased shared services with the village or county also remains a priority.
Koetzle also wants to continue to decrease fund balance usage, this year by 15 percent. He wants to have no dependency on reserve funds by 2016.
“This town got way over dependent on fund balance,” he said. “In this environment, with revenues either stagnating or declining and costs going up, this was ripe to just run out on us.”
The Stra-tegic Plan includes restructuring the town’s receiver of taxes position through outsourcing collections to a bank and merging the town clerk’s office with the receiver’s department through a part-time appointed receiver.
Talks with the First National Bank of Scotia for contracting tax collection services are progressing and the bank is planned handle the June water collections and fall school collections. The contract isn’t signed yet, but the pricing for this year is pegged at $7,000 for the two collections, said Koetzle.
“We will evaluate the program at the end of this year and make determinations on 2013,” Koetzle said, “but we are achieving a lot of savings already and are looking forward to achieving even more in coming years.”
This year’s estimated expense for the receiver’s department is $46,000, Koetzle said, which would be a 15 percent savings after contracting out collections. He added there would be around $86,000 in savings in the clerk’s department, too.
In 2011, the town spent around a $232,000 between the two departments, but this year the cost will be around $100,000, he said.