Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers this week submitted a proposed $7.3 million budget for 2013 that would hike spending 4.6 percent and raise taxes by 1.6 percent.
The tax rate would be $27.66 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a hike of 43 cents for most property owners.
Powers said the increases in spending are due to increased water usage this summer, higher costs for fuel and payments to the state retirement fund.
The tax rate for some of the special districts, such as highway and fire protection, will go up.
The majority of town residents live within the fire protection district of Jamison, Elma and Blossom Volunteer Fire Companies. That budget is up $32, 571 to $933,106, and will require a tax rate of $18.32 per thousand to support a tax levy of $755,013, an increase of 42 cents or 2.34 percent. A firemen’s pension fund of $135,071 will need a tax rate of $3.28, down 4 cents or 1.29 percent from this year.
Powers sid the higher fire budgets are due primarily to a new three-year contract and fuel costs.
The highway fund budget is $1.29 million, up $35,532, and will require a tax levy of $255,596 and a tax rate of $4.77 per thousand, up 5 cents or 1.16 percent.
Powers said the town has negotiated a three-year contract with the union that runs from Jan. 1, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2014 and includes a 3 percent salary increase across the board, with a cap of 50 cents an hour, or $1,040.
“There will be a one-time step adjustment for nonunion full-time employees and nonelected officials, which affects 11 people,” Powers said. They will get 2 percent salary increases, with a cap per employee of $700 this year.
The Water Department budget is down slightly at $2.24 million and has revenues of $2.20 million. It carries a tax levy of $41,953 and a tax rate of 73 cents per thousand, the same as this year.
The Lighting District has a tax rate of 56 cents per thousand on a levy of $32,187. There will be a special unit flat fee of $40 for sanitation per year for the transfer station, the same as this year.