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Glenville Oks $18.5M budget

Spending plan
 raises taxes
 3.55 percent, few comments from public

— After making minor changes to its tentative budget and hearing only one resident commenting during the public hearing, the Glenville Town Board adopted a spending plan for next year.

The Glenville Town Board unanimously approved an $18.5 million budget for 2013 at a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The board did not make any amendments to the preliminary budget approved last month. The adopted budget calls for a 3.55 percent property tax levy increase, which is within the state tax cap.

The average town resident with a home assessed at $173,00 would see his or her town tax bill increase by $21 to total $592. The average Village of Scotia resident with a home assessed at $124,000 would see his or her town tax bill rise around $2.75 to a total $109.

Town Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said non-mandated spending has decreased over the last few years, with savings through cuts becoming harder to find.

“Anything we have control over is down,” Koetzle said.

Next year’s non-mandatory spending is reduced around $100,000, he said. This year’s budget reduced such spending by around $150,000 and the 2011 budget cut $200,000.

Former Democratic town supervisor Frank Quinn was the only resident to speak at the public hearing for the budget on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Quinn said the town during the last five years, including with this year’s budget, overestimated expenses across the three main funds by an average of $600,000 and underestimated revenues by around $556,000.

“There is quite a bit of money … over the years between what we are budgeting and what we actually get,” Quinn said.

He suggested the board reduce the amount budgeted for benefits across the three main funds by $220,000, so there would be no tax increase.

“The proposed town tax increase is more than my income goes up this year,” he said.

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