The Wales Town Board approved a preliminary budget for 2014 at its board meeting Tuesday.
While the $1,339,428 total is the same as the tentative budget, the board was able to reduce projected tax rates for the highway and the Wales Center Fire Company.
The budget includes a 2 percent across the board salary increase for all employees with the exception of the highway workers who are still in negotiations with the town.
The general fund budget of $713,199 will require no tax levy as mortgage, sales and court revenues offset expenditures.
The highway budget of $626,428 will now require a tax rate of $1.04 per thousand of assessed valuation, down 8.52 percent, or 9 cents, from this year, using an additional $3,300 from the fund balance and increasing revenues by $9,000.
Special districts include fire protection, sanitation and lighting. For residents living in those districts, the tax rates are as follows.
The Wales Center Fire Protection District, a special district that covers a portion of Wales, will see a tax decrease of 3.40 percent, or 9 cents, to $2.29 per thousand of assessed valuation by taking $8,000 from its fund balance. The budget is $233,935 and requires a tax levy of $225,935.
South Wales Fire District has not submitted its budget to the town. But it sets its own budget and tax rate.
The sanitation budget for the year will be $204,912 based on a contract with Waste Management.
The fee per unit will be increased to $176.08 a jump of 8.18 percent, or $13.32 per unit from this year.
The lighting district budget is $8,005 and will need a tax levy of $7,305 or a tax rate of 5 cents per thousand,the same as this year.