Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers has released a proposed 2014 budget of $7.6 million, reflecting a spending increase of 4.2 percent from the current plan and 3 percent raises for employees and elected officials.
The proposal retains the same tax rate as this year – $27.66 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for most residents. The spending plan would require a tax levy of $1.7 million.
Powers said the proposed budget reflects increasing fuel costs, payments to the state retirement fund and higher costs for asphalt.
The plan includes a 3 percent salary increase for union, non-union and elected officials and a slight tax decreases in the highway, lighting and water departments.
There will be no town tax again this year for the general fund portion of the budget, because revenues from sales and mortgage taxes and state aid offset expenditures.
Following are other components of the proposal:
• Highway fund budget: $1.4 million, tax levy of $255,258 and tax rate of $4.72 per $1,000 of assessed valuation – a reduction of less than a penny.
• Water Department budget: $2,285,785 with a tax levy of $35,521 and tax rate of 61 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation – a reduction of about 0.4 percent.
• Lighting District budget: $35,016, tax levy of $29,516 and tax rate of 51 cents per $1,000 – down about a penny.
• A tax decrease for residents in special sanitary sewer districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.
• Fire Protection District budget for Jamison, Elma and Blossom volunteer fire companies, covering two-thirds of the town: tax rate increase of 37 cents to $18.69 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, with a tax levy of $775,061. The Spring Brook Fire District established its own budget; no details were available.
• Fire pension fund: decrease of about 4.4 percent from this year to $130,000.
• No change in the special unit flat fee of $40 for the transfer station.
Powers said the town will make some upgrades at Creek Road Sports Park.
“We plan to knock down the old storage building, as well as replace the current football announcers booth due to poor condition, by next August,” he said.
Powers plans to review the budget with the Town Board during a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday.