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Villages of Middleport, Wilson and Barker to hold budget hearings on April 4

Three villages will hold public hearings on tentative 2016-17 budgets at 7 p.m. Monday.

The hearings in Middleport, Wilson and Barker will be followed by reorganizational meetings in their respective Village Halls.

In Middleport, the tentative $1,698,975 budget includes a proposed 4-cent tax rate increase to $10.02 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Middleport falls within the townships of Royalton and Hartland, both of which went to a 100 percent equalization rate in their recent reassessments, necessitating the tax rate increase in order to keep the village’s tax levy steady at $538,412.

The $1.6 million tentative budget has dropped $7,350 due to a decrease in state-mandated retirement costs with the retirement of three employees in recent years who have not been replaced, explained Village Clerk Rebecca Schweigert.

The tentative budget also includes a 15 percent hike in the water and sewer rates, which went into effect Feb. 1. This followed last November’s public hearing and Village Board action for the 2016-17 budget.

The new water sewer rates are both a flat rate of $31.98 per quarter, for usage of up to 5,000 gallons, an increase of $4.17. For those using 6,000 to 75,000 gallons, the rate is an additional $4.95 per 1,000 gallons; and for those using 76,000 gallons or more, the rate increases again, another $3.45 per 1,000 gallons.

“We had not raised our water or sewer rates in 10 years,” Schweigert said. “We are looking at maintenance, as well as upgrades to our sewer plant down the road.”

In Wilson, the tentative $1,142,285 budget represents an increase of $8,700 over the current plan, but keeps the tax rate steady.

The proposed tax rate remains at $8.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The amount to be raised by taxes is $336,361.

In addition, proposed water rates remain the same at $3.55 per 1,000 gallons and sewer rates are steady at $8 per 1,000 gallons. The proposed water budget is $111,298, while the sewer budget is $348,080.

At the reorganizational meeting, newly elected Trustee Michael McAvoy will take the oath of office.

In Barker, the Village Board is presenting a $446,164 tentative budget, with a proposed tax rate of $7.30 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 5-cent increase. The amount to be raised by taxes is $139,271.

The proposed $446,164 budget for 2016-17 represents a slight increase of roughly $5,000 over the current budget due to the planned milling and repaving of Main Street, as well as a slight increase in bond repayment fees.

The budget also includes a proposed $100,510 water department budget, with rates that remain steady for the coming year.

In Youngstown, the Village Board is still considering its 2016-17 tentative budget, with a public hearing date of 7 p.m. April 14. Likewise, in Lewiston, the board has a budget work session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and has not yet set a public hearing date. Budgets must be adopted by May 1.