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Village taxes would go up 2 percent in Hamburg

Nearly half a million dollars in road repairs are planned in the Village of Hamburg’s proposed 2014-15 budget.

The work is the final phase of the initiative to repair and resurface village streets, and Maple and Sickmon avenues are at the top of the list to be resurfaced, Public Works Superintendent Marc Shuttleworth said Monday night.

The $480,597 in road work is part of nearly $1 million in capital projects planned under the $9.51 million budget, which is up 2.2 percent.

The tax levy would rise to $6.47 million, an increase of 2.16 percent. The levy is $409 below the tax cap, Village Administrator Donald P. Witkowski said during a public hearing on the budget Monday evening.

The Village Board plans to pass a local law allowing it to exceed the tax cap, but the board does not plan on going over the cap. He said the calculations for the cap are involved, and some factors are estimated, so passing the law will account for any small errors.

“We’re doing this strictly as a precautionary measure,” Witkowski said.

The tax rate would be $19.85 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 36 cents per $1,000, or 1.86 percent.

That would represent an increase of $21.60 for the owner of the average home assessed at $60,000.

Witkowski said two-thirds of the spending in the budget is related to personnel wages and benefits.

The budget includes 2.5 percent increases negotiated for police officers and 2 percent raises for public works workers and most non-union employees.

The pay for village trustees would rise to $5,409 per year, up 2 percent. The mayor also would get a 2 percent raise, to $10,278. The mayor and trustees got 2.5 percent raises last year, but it had been five years since their last raise. The village justice, paid $15,206, will not get a raise.

The village is using about $40,000 less in appropriated fund balance than this year. Hamburg also reduced its landfill costs by increased recycling, controlled costs of health insurance and increased revenues from cell tower rental, Witkowski said.

The board plans to adopt the budget at its next meeting.


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