A $33.4 million spending plan for the Town of Lancaster was approved by the Town Board with one official sounding off about runaway spending.
"We're still a growing town and our revenues are coming in healthy, but I am concerned," said Council Member Ronald Ruffino. "The bottom line is our spending has increased 7.3 percent over two years."
Tax rates for non-village residents will be $9.29 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 2.51 percent. Village residents will pay $5.49 per $1,000 in Lancaster, up 2.77 percent, and $2.56 per $1,000 in Depew, up 3.64 percent.
The $33,392,003 plan approved for 2018 includes funding for bridge repairs, a makeover of the History Museum on Clark Street and a 2 percent salary increase for town employees and elected officials. The highest paid town employee will remain Police Chief Gerald J. Gill Jr., who will earn $118,691. Lancaster's budget was $31.1 million in 2016 and $32.3 million in 2017.