Taxpayers in the villages of Blasdell and Hamburg are in line for a bit of a break on a tax increase after the Town of Hamburg switched around a budget account.
The town has decided to switch the planning account from the fund all town residents support to the part-town fund that residents outside the villages support.
Town budgets are made of three main funds: the general, which everyone pays, and the part-town and highway, which only residents outside the villages pay. One item in the highway fund affects the villages, but it is a fraction of a penny on the tax rate.
The change, which had been suggested by the villages, would mean their tentative tax increase is 6 percent instead of 8.3 percent.
"We were willing to switch them as long as it was OK with (state) Audit and Control," said Town Councilman James Connolly.
Under the proposed $32 million budget announced last month, non-village residents would see a tax increase of 3.89 percent. The proposed increase for the villages was 8.3 percent.
That amounted to an increase of about $14.56 a year for the average homeowner in Blasdell and about $21 in the Village of Hamburg.
Village officials cried foul at the increases. Village and town officials met Oct. 19, when village officials suggested switching the planning and traffic safety accounts and changing health benefits to save money.
Connolly said the state will allow the town to move the $132,000 for planning to the part-town fund, since the villages have their own planning services.
"That's $132,000 now we don't have to pay for," said Ronald Sporyz, chairman of the Blasdell Finance Committee.
The town did not get permission to change the traffic safety line.