PORTER – After a brief preliminary hearing Monday night, the Porter Town Board adopted a $4.7 million budget for 2013, up less than 1 percent from the current budget and well under the state-mandated 2 percent ceiling.
The current tax rate of $1.84 per $1,000 of assessed valuation will increase 3 cents in 2013 under the new spending plan. Most taxpayers in the town with homes assessed at $100,000 will pay $187, an overall tax increase of about $3. Special district rates are expected to remain about the same, with fire districts up 2 percent.
“It’s a good budget. We worked hard to keep tax rates reasonable. We probably could have worked harder to eliminate the three cents, but I hate to keep it the same like we did a few years and then had to have an increase of 25 cents per $1,000. It was a killer to the general fund. A little bit each year, and we keep up the fund balance,” said Town Supervisor Merton K. Wiepert.
The budget also provides a 2 percent salary increase to all full-time employees, including the town supervisor, whose salary will increase to $32,082; town clerk, whose pay will be $38,230; and superintendent of highways, $34,743.
There will be no increases for town justices, who remain at $16,657, or for town councilmen, who remain at $7,165.
The board unanimously approved the 2013 budget; Jeffrey Baker was absent.
The board also approved a 2 percent increase for the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department, which will increase to $265,200 per year, up $5,200. The Town of Porter provides $164,424, or 62 percent, funding, and the Village of Youngstown provides $100,776, or 38 percent, a split that is based on total assessment.
The town also will fund the Ransomville Volunteer Fire Department at $260,500 per year in 2013.