The Marilla Town Board on Tuesday approved a 2014 budget with minor changes but retained the originally proposed tax rate projected at $2.47 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 7 cents.
Residents living in water districts will pay additional taxes. The districts are expected to be turned over to the Erie County Water Authority by the end of this year.
The board also allocated an additional $3,000 to the budget of the Historical Society Museum. This increases the budget line to $6,000.
Supervisor George Gertz noted he has yet to hear from committee members who ran this year’s car show; consequently, the board agreed to delete $3,000 set aside for a show for allocation to the museum.
Again this year, the town will not have a town tax on the general fund portion of the budget because of revenues of $946,360 and $5,715 from the fund balance reserves. County sales tax revenue is expected to be $600,000, an increase of $20,000 from this year, and mortgage tax income has jumped from $68,000 to $110,000 because of a boost in building activities.
Other spending components are:
• Highway – $522,200, requiring a tax levy of $114,000 and a tax rate of 65 cents per $1,000, an increase of five cents, to 65 cents per $1,000, attributed to the bonding of a new $100,000 plow truck.
• Sanitation – $336,400, featuring a per-unit fee increase of $4, to $145. The increase is the result of bonding $190,000 for a new garbage packer.
• Marilla Fire Company – Contract totaling $279,465, up 3 percent, or $8,140 from this year. Officials blamed insurance rate increases and the cost of personal equipment, air bottles and turn-out gear. The fire company is operating under a 10-year plan to replace trucks through cash payments. In 2016, the company plans to buy a rescue truck for $356,000. It will replace one that is 20 years old.
On another issue, the board voted to approve a business permit for Greg Wiley of Kwik Fill Gas Station, who plans to install an automatic car wash on the southeast corner of Two Rod Road and Clinton Street. The Planning Board recommended the plan at its Oct.17 meeting. The car wash is expected to be in operation by mid-January.