The Holland Town Board has approved an $816,000 general fund budget for 2014 that calls for a tax increase of five cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
Residents will pay 68 cents per $1,000 of assessment to meet the total tax levy of $143,218 for the general fund. Officials applied $222,000 of unexpended fund balance to moderate the levy.
The 2014 highway budget also calls for a slight tax increase. Property owners will pay $2.95 cents per $1,000 of assessment, a three-cent hike over the current year. The Town Board applied $81,000 in unexpended fund balance to the highway fund to reduce the levy to $624,658.
Salaries for officials in 2014 are as follows: town supervisor, $24,000; trustees, $6,000 each; town clerk, $23,000; and highway supervisor, $55,000.
No one spoke at a public hearing on the budget last week. Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk noted that there were no tax increases for residents last year.
In a separate public hearing, no one spoke concerning Community Development Block Grants.
The board agreed to submit funding requests for the rural transit program and new sidewalks in the Capital Heights district. Holland is part of the Erie County Consortium that annually receives federal grant money through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In another matter, the board granted a special-use permit to Sandy Bialkowski, allowing her to keep four dogs at her property, which, under local law, requires a kennel permit. The permit was issued with stipulations that no additional dogs can be kept at her residence.