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Budget plan slightly raises town tax rate

Taxes for Marilla property owners would increase slightly if the Town Board approves a $2.5 million budget proposal submitted this week by Supervisor George Gertz.

The proposal calls for a tax levy of $1.1 million and a tax rate of $2.27 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 2 cents from this year.

Gertz did not include any new projects in the proposal but asked for approval of bond anticipation notes to purchase a snow plow for $175,000 and a sanitation truck for $198,000.

The salaries of elected officials and employees would be increased 3 percent.

The general fund budget is $836,400 and would not require a tax levy; revenues are estimated at $829,600 and $6,800 from the fund balance would offset spending.

Expenditures are down $50,900 due to a debt service and interest paid off in 2008.

The highway fund budget is estimated at $586,800, with revenues of $379,500 plus $119,000 from the fund balance to offset expenditures.

The remaining highway revenue would come from a tax levy of $88,300, with a tax rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the same as the current budget.

The fire district budget calls for $314,300 in spending, an increase of $6,600. That will require a tax levy of $301,860 and a tax rate of $1.77 per $1,000, an increase of 2 cents.

The sanitation and water districts are special districts where only those residing in them pay the taxes or fees. Each household within the sanitation district would be charged a fee of $135, a $5 increase over the current year. Water rates stay at the current rates.

Salaries for town officials include a 3 percent increase over current salaries for the following part-time positions: supervisor, $29,616; councilmen, $8,448; town justice, $12,432; building inspector $15,312; deputy building inspector $6,636.

The following salaries are for two full-time positions: town clerk, $42,180 and highway superintendent -- a job that includes the duties of park and sanitation superintendent -- $59,770.

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