NEWFANE – The Town Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed $7 million budget for 2013 at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a regular meeting.
The proposed budget includes a tax levy of $2.2 million – up $66,926 from the current year due to rising pension and health care costs, according to Supervisor Timothy Horanburg.
Horanburg said the only tax increase noted in the town’s special districts is a 10-cent hike per $1,000 of assessed value in the fire protection district from $1.49 to $1.59.
The town contracts with two main volunteer fire companies, Olcott and Miller Hose, as well as Wrights Corners Fire Company to a lesser degree.
The total proposed fire protection budget for 2013 is $694,550, up from the current $630,000.
“We just negotiated new four-year contracts for fire protection,” said Horanburg.
“It gives them a 1 percent increase in 2013 and a 2 percent increase for the next three years after that. We thought this was very fair, and they thought this was very fair.”
Allocations for all other special districts in the proposed 2013 budget remain the same, Horanburg noted. The lighting district tax remains constant at 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for a budget of $75,000; the refuse district remains steady at $184 per unit for a budget of $729,240; the sewer district stays at $200.85 per unit for a budget of $1.3 million; and water district remains steady at $25 per unit for a budget of $826,296.
The public hearing is slated for Town Hall, 2737 Main St.
The town has until Nov. 20 to adopt the budget.