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Wales Supervisor Rickey Venditti’s preliminary budget for 2013 of just over $1.5 million will require a tax levy of $546,986, up 2.5 percent from this year.
The proposal carries a tax rate of $1.20 per $1,000 of assessed value, up 1 cent from 2012.
The budget proposal also includes a 2.5 percent salary increase, which will cost the town an extra $4,000 for 45 employees.
The town has no debt, and the general fund budget will require no property tax, as revenues from the mortgage tax, sales tax and from the courts offset the spending of $697,847. which is up $22,306 from this year.
The highway budget of $409,644 will carry a tax rate of $1.14 per $1,000, up less than 1 percent – or $7,206 – from this year. The lighting budget of $8,005 carries a tax rate of 6 cents per $1,000, up 1 cent.
Contracts with the Wales Center Fire Company and with Waste Management to take care of refuse are still under negotiation, so the tax rate for fire service and the flat fee for refuse are not settled yet. This year the fire tax is $2.26 per $1,000, and the refuse fee is $170.06. The new tax rates for 2013 are expected to be available after the next work session Wednesday.
Venditti said the fire pension referendum date is still unknown. The town attorney and fire representatives and councilmen will sit down and draw up the wording to allow volunteers to remain on duty beyond age 65 while still collecting their pensions after 20 years of service. It is too late for it to be included on the November ballot.
Venditti said the only new purchase the town is considering for next year is a lawnmower. We have held the line on all department spending, and even with salary increases we are one of the lowest-paid towns in Erie County,” he said.