The Town of Aurora’s preliminary budget for 2014, with a public hearing set for 7 p.m. Oct. 22, proposes a 0.4 percent tax decrease for residents outside the village and a slight 0.7 percent increase for village residents.
“We came in well below the tax cap,” said Supervisor Jolene Jeffe, explaining a 3 percent cap had been calculated according to Aurora’s growth.
While Jeffe plans to offer more detail at the budget hearing later this month, the 60-page document is posted online at townofaurora.com. She did offer these figures:
• Village residents’ increase works out to 2 cents per thousand. Homes with $100,000 assessed value, or a market value of $244,000, would see a tax rise to $289 from $287.
• Residents outside the village may see a decrease 3 cents per thousand. Tax on homes with a $100,000 in assessed value would drop from $710 to $707.
The budget, scheduled to be approved Nov. 12, the first board meeting of the month, found savings in staff changes, Jeffe said.
• When a Building Department staff member left, the position was changed to part-time.
• The full-time staff member charged with dog control now also contributes some hours to the Parks Department so that fewer hours are needed from seasonal staff.
• The town clerk will be taking on tax receiver duties, for a savings of about $10,000.
Jeffe could not give an expenditure total because the budget numbers from one fire district had yet to come in. This year’s budget, passed last year, was $8,997,786.