NORFOLK - The Norfolk Town Board has joined many other St. Lawrence County towns in passing a local law giving them the authority to set a property tax levy hike that could be higher than the states 1.6 percent property tax cap.
This decision precedes a budget workshop that will be held by the board on Thursday evening. There, they will be discussing changes to different parts of the 2014 town budget.
The motion for approval was made by Councilperson Jean Gang.
In other action during this weeks board meeting, Town Supervisor Charles A. Pernice suggested raising the water and sewer rates in the town.
I have been examining the water and sewer rates. Were worried about the breaking point on the water pump. The old one had one pump running most of the time. The new system potentially would have four smaller pumps but still four pumps running, Mr. Pernice said. Obviously its hard to guesstimate the process until you actually see them in use. I think we should raise the water rates $5 a quarter.
Mr. Pernice continued on to explain that this increase would equal a total $20/year raise and take the current $64 per quarter to $69 per quarter.
Councilman Donald I. Purvis made the motion to hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 12 to further discuss the possible change.