Town boards in Cambria, Hartland and Wilson have adopted spending plans for 2013.
Wilson’s tax rate remained steady at $3.97 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Cambria’s special district tax rates remained relatively constant, while Hartland raised its town tax rate by six cents to $2.47 per $1,000 of assessed value.
Cambria adopted a $4.8 million budget for 2013 following a public hearing in Town Hall Thursday. It includes taxes in four of five special districts that either remain steady or increase by less than 1 cent per $1,000 of assessed valuation, according to Town Supervisor Wright Ellis.
The lone exception is the highway special district, which includes a two-cent hike to $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in its $1.12 million budget, attributed to the spike in the price of petroleum-based products such as asphalt, as well as the rising cost of gasoline and diesel.
The $864,631 budget for the water district includes a tax rate hike of just under one penny to 98 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The tax rate for the drainage district, with a budget of $41,210, remains steady at 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, and likewise, the fee for the refuse district remains the same at $165 per unit. The refuse district budget is $404,800 for 2013. The fire district budget is up slightly to $482,443 in the town’s spending plan for next year, but the tax rate remains the same at $1.29 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The town contracts with three volunteer companies – Cambria, Pekin and Sanborn.
The tax rate remains steady at $1 per $1,000 of assessed value for the sewer special district for a budget of $426,422, including a rate of just 40 cents per $1,000 for those without available sewer hook-up for “capital improvements,” Ellis said.
The overall 2013 town budget represents a two percent increase in spending that Ellis attributes largely to “The New York State retirement fund and health insurance.”
“I think this is a good budget that continues to provide our citizens with the services they request, and we’ve been able to hold our [special district] tax rates down,” he said. “We’ve been using some reserves to mitigate increases in spending in just about every one of our funds to keep the tax rates down. It’s fine to use some reserves for this, but we have no way of replenishing those reserves, and I see potential problems in the years ahead.”
Hartland also adopted its $3 million budget for 2013 following a public hearing Thursday. Wilson passed its $3.2 million budget proposal following its public hearing Wednesday. It joins Newfane – which earlier approved its $7 million budget with a 10-cent hike in its fire protection district to $1.59 per $1,000 of assessed value – and Somerset, which slashed its tax rate 81 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for a new rate of 88 cents per $1,000 in adopting its $2.8 million spending plan.
Royalton will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2013 budget at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road. The budget must be adopted by Nov. 20.