Village of Hamburg homeowners would see an increase in taxes next year under a budget that maintains programming, but they’ll also see a new waterline on Lombardy Lane, some new vehicles, and repairs to some village buildings.
The proposed 2013-2014 village budget increases spending in the general fund by 5.5 percent, to $9.3 million.
Much of that increase is tied to required increases in New York State retirement contributions, workers’ compensation and health insurance, up a combined $314,675.
“It’s the same story,” Village Administrator Donald P. Witkowski said Monday night.
Nonpersonnel expenses will go up just $4,800, not counting the increase in capital projects. The village plans to spend $71,600 more on capital projects next year.
The budget stays within the state-required tax cap.
The proposed budget carries a tax levy increase of 3.36 percent, or $206,356, which is under the tax cap by about $450.
The village’s tax cap this year is 3.37 percent, meaning if the tax levy rises more than that, two-thirds of the Village Board would have to vote to override the cap. The proposed levy is $6.33 million.
There is a slight increase in assessments, which keeps the tax rate increase under 3 percent.
The tax rate would go up 2.52 percent, or 48 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, for a rate of $19.48 per $1,000.
The village will use about $330,000 in unassigned fund balance, but some of that is for one-time expenses, such as the capital projects. The fund balance stands at $2.6 million, Witkowski said.
The capital projects include: Lombardy Lane waterline replacement, $151,300; replacing trucks and equipment in the Public Works and Recreation departments, $159,500; repairing the roof, a waterline and paving at the Public Works Department, $47,781; marked police patrol car, $32,542; repairing the roof at the Youth Center and an overhead door at Glen Meadows, $28,000,;and replacing a portion of the heating/ventilation/air conditioning at Village Hall, $17,000.
Copies of the budget will be available to the public beginning Thursday at the Village Clerk’s Office, the Hamburg Library and on the village website, www.villagehamburg.com.
A public hearing on the budget will be conducted at 7:15 p.m. March 18 at Village Hall during the regular board meeting.