NEWFANE – The Newfane Town Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed $7 million budget for 2014 at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 2737 Main St.
Supervisor Timothy Horanburg said the budget remains largely the same as this year’s, except that the refuse rate will increase by $5, to $189 per unit.
“We attribute this to Modern Corp.’s cost-of-living increase,” Horanburg said.
Newfane does not impose a town tax but collects taxes through special districts. In addition to the refuse district, the proposed 2014 budget calls for the rate to remain steady in the sewer district at $285 per unit; the water district at $25 per unit; and the lighting district at 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The proposed rate for the fire protection district also remains the same at $1.69 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in the tentative 2014 budget. The town contracts with two main volunteer fire companies, Olcott and Miller Hose, as well as Wrights Corners Fire Company to a lesser degree.
“It gets tougher and tougher each year,” Horanburg said of drawing up the annual town budget. “We have no control over the increases in (state-mandated) employees’ health insurance or retirement costs. The revenues don’t go up, and that’s the only thing that doesn’t go up each year.”
The Town Board is expected to adopt the budget following the public hearing.
In other developments, Horanburg said the town will soon be doing things differently when it comes to recycling.
“We will be going to every two weeks for recycling in February,” he said. “We are working with the Town of Cambria and will be going to bid together on this, and that might help a little with cost. We will purchase the carts – and this will strictly be for recycling. The town will own them and deliver one to each house. That means that if someone moves, the recycling bin stays at the house. ”