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Presentation outlines Glenville’s budget woes

Supervisor details initial outlook on next year’s fiscal plan

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said revenues aren’t keeping pace with expenses during his initial 2013 budget presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said revenues aren’t keeping pace with expenses during his initial 2013 budget presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Photo by John Purcell.

— In 1998, the county collected $25 million in sales tax revenue, but that figure has increased to around $60 million in 2012, according to Koetzle. The town’s payment, however, has remained relatively flat across the same time period, he said.

He said the town is being squeezed at both ends between property taxes for commercial business and sales tax.

Glenville’s health insurance costs have historically increased by 10 percent annually, with a similar spike projected, and pensions costs are projected to increase by 15 percent. Both of these increases would total around $480,000.

Koetzle said his budget wouldn’t hold any salary increases, but the town will be negotiating new contracts with three unions.

“I don’t see how we can afford that,” he said of raises.

Koetzle said his budget doesn’t include any staffing cuts “because there is no room for cuts.” The town is already “thin,” he said.

Koetzle said he would submit his budget by Monday, Oct. 1. The board will then review it and can make changes before adopting a final budget in November.

The 2012 adopted budget totaled just over $18.24 million and was under the state-mandated tax cap, which for Glenville was a 3.2 percent tax levy increase.

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