PARISHVILLE - The Parishville Town Board began its review this week of the tentative 2014 spending plan, and Supervisor Jerry Moore said the budget he presented to town officials doesnt include any major changes.
We only went up a total of $14,000 across the board for the whole budget, which is within the 1.6 (percent tax levy cap) or less. ... The general budget theres not that much difference. Real property tax went up $10,000,Mr. Moore said.
One major hike in the spending plan is a $10,000 jump - from $144,000 to $154,000 - for hospital and medical insurance premiums for the towns highway department employees. State retirement contributions will also climb another $4,000 in 2013, according to the spending plan.
Under our general budget revenues, our miscellaneous revenues stayed the same ($4,000), state revenue sharing stayed the same ($8,000). As far as the revenue sharing goes, were going to get more than that but I want to put that down, same as every year thats how we have a little bit to roll over, Mr. Moore said. Most everything stayed the same. Retirement went up $2,000 because thats what it went up, you cant change that. Theres really nothing that stands out. Weve done raises, like for Ronnie (Ferguson) for assessment and code enforcement because hes so way underpaid compared to other towns.
Mr. Fergusons salary will go from $18,000 to $19,000.
The proposed 2014 $2.29 million budget has appropriations of $838,485 for the general fund and $1,450,000 for the highway fund with those expenditures being offset by $409,621 pulled from the fund balance and $889,214 on the local tax levy.
Mr. Moore was also conservative budgeting projected sales tax increase after the county increase the local share of the sales tax from 3 to 4 percent. The Parishville town supervisor projected sales tax revenue would climb from $511,000 in 2013 to $513,500 in 2014.
The town tax rate for the highway and general funds in the town of Parishville climbed from $72.12 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2012 to $74.80 per $1,000 in 2013. The town had an equalization rate of 5.6 percent in 2013.
When your budget is capped at 1.6 percent, we cant change much. If you find something where you had some left over from last year then we may take it and put it somewhere else. We just kind of moved it around a little bit, Mr. Moore explained.
The town board will be meeting on Oct. 28 to further discuss and finalize the 2014 budget.