Village Board members in Hamburg plan to adopt a 2013-14 budget at their next meeting April 1.
The board heard no comments or questions from residents during a budget hearing Monday night.
“We did squeeze the budget quite a bit,” said Donald Witkowski, the village administrator.
The cost of operating the village, excluding personnel costs and repairs to facilities, will go up about $5,000, Witkowski said.
But the price for employee benefits will go up $331,000, or 13 percent, he said.
Pension costs will jump almost 20 percent next year, and workers’ compensation is up more than 35 percent in the last three years, Witkowski said.
“This is one of the reasons municipalities are having trouble,” he said.
The proposed $9.3 million budget is 5.5 percent higher than current appropriations. The $6.33 million tax levy is under the tax cap by $452.
The owner of a house in the village assessed at $100,000 would see an increase in the home’s tax bill of $48. The tax rate will be $19.49 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 48 cents, or 2.52 percent.
“We worked real hard on keeping the taxes down,” Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said.
The village plans to repair 11 streets in the next year and replace a water line on Lombardy Lane; make repairs to Village Hall, the Youth Center and Glen Meadows Park; buy a new police patrol car; and buy equipment and trucks in the Public Works and Recreation departments.
Witkowski said the village is hampered by unfunded mandates, and he said he is concerned about the effect a potential increase in the minimum wage would have on village services, particularly recreation programs, which typically employ high school and college students.
Witkowski said an increase in the minimum wage could have a “drastic impact” on the Recreation Department.
The budget includes 2.6 percent increases for police and non-union employees, including elected officials, except the village justice. The village is still negotiating a new contract with Public Works Department employees.
Pay for village trustees will be $5,303; the mayor will receive $10,076.
Department head salaries include those of Police Chief Dennis G. Gleason, $119,217; Witkowski, $85,363; Public Works Superintendent Marc Shuttleworth, $70,752; and Recreation Supervisor Josh Haeick, $61,000. The salary for Village Justice Andrew Fleming will remain the same at $15,206.