The Village of Williamsville is proposing a $3.23 million general fund budget that would raise spending by 1.3 percent and raise taxes by 2.2 percent.
Mayor Brian Kulpa attributed much of the tax and spending increase to pension costs growing by 15.5 percent. “The primary issues that we face, the lines where we face our increases, are in retirement,” he said.
The 2.2 percent increase in the tax levy – the total amount of money the village will raise in taxes in 2013-14 – represents an increase of $32,865. The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value would increase from $4.20 to $4.28.
Water and sewer rates, charges and fees would remain unchanged.
Though the village is not spending more on its parks and facilities overall, Kulpa said, the budget does cover a 2 percent raise for public works employees and an average 2 percent raise for other village administration staff.
The village also is budgeting a 3 percent increase for the Williamsville Fire District for additional equipment purchases and building maintenance needs, the mayor said.
The proposed budget would allocate $197,500 in reserves, leaving the unassigned reserve fund at 28.5 percent of the overall budget. The amount of reserves allocated to help close the gap between village revenues and expenses would be lower than last year because the village is attempting to replenish reserves to help lower its borrowing costs, Kulpa said.
The proposed budget falls below the state tax cap, which would limit the general fund tax increase to $1.55 million. The proposed general fund tax increase is $1.53 million.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., March 25 in Village Hall. A copy will be available for review during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Village Clerk’s Office. It will also be posted to the village website village.williamsville.ny.us.