MIDDLEPORT – The Royalton Town Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed $6.1 million town budget for 2014 at 7 p.m. Monday.
The hearing, to be held in Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, will precede the board’s regular meeting.
The proposed $6.1 million budget includes a six-cent tax rate increase to $3.29 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for town residents outside of the Village of Middleport, according to Supervisor Jennifer H. Bieber.
The proposed tax rate for Middleport residents will remain the same, at $2.03 per $1,000.
The amount to be raised by taxes in the proposed budget is $2.86 million, an increase of just $70 over the current year, Bieber said.
The tentative budget also calls for using $376,000 from the town’s fund balance.
“We’re making some large equipment purchases for the highway department,” Bieber explained. “We’re using some money from our fund balance instead of taking money out for this in a loan.”
The proposed budget calls for a slight hike in the sewer tax rate, up 7 cents to $4.84 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, while the water rate remains the same, Bieber said.
Fire protection is up 2 percent, or 6 cents, to $1.46 per $1,000 of assessed value, while the lighting district tax remains steady.
The refuse district fee also remains the same at $181.75 per unit.
“We worked really hard on this budget,” Bieber said. “My account clerk and I crunched the numbers before we presented it to the Town Board, and we went over everything line by line.
“We asked, ‘Where do we need to cut and where can we stay the same?’ We’re lucky to be down a little bit in the cost of our retirements this year. And, we went to townwide recycling this year and that kept the garbage rate the same.
“We knew we needed to account for our spending and keep it lean, without using every penny we have set aside,” she added.
“Our department heads were careful with their numbers and with what they had to spend.”
The budget must be adopted by Nov. 20.