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Payments into the state retirement system are going up again, Orchard Park Town Board members learned Wednesday night.
The increases will result in "several hundred thousand dollars added to your budget before you start," the town's outside accountant told the board.
Wayne Drescher said the cost of the retirement system for town employees has tripled over the last five years, while the cost for police officers has doubled over the same time.
Supervisor Janis Colarusso will file her proposed budget at the end of this month.
Drescher briefed the board on the special district budgets for water, sewer, electric and garbage funds. He also gave the board a rundown on how this year's budget is doing.
"All in all, it looks like the general fund balance will be up at year end," he said. "The public safety fund, on the other hand, is having some issues."
He said fines and forfeitures, which are made up largely of fines levied in town court for traffic tickets, are down. The town budgeted $240,000 in revenues this year from fines. "It doesn't look like at this point in time there's any way we are going to make those budgetary estimates," he said.
Also, there was no money budgeted for police overtime, but police have been working overtime, he said.
Revenue from building permits also is down and not likely to hit the budget mark unless there is a year-end push in building permits, he said.
Drescher also presented the board with a history of salaries in the town and comparable salaries from surrounding towns.
He said the supervisor and councilmen positions have not had raises since the start of 2006 and that other elected officials and department heads have not had raises in about three years.
Also Wednesday night, the board learned that the Police Department hopes to be interviewing candidates for public safety dispatcher by the end of the month.
The board went into executive session to discuss a contract for town police officers to become school resource officers in the Orchard Park Central School District.

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