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Forestville voters to get budget that cuts tax rate to $5.49

FORESTVILLE – Village Board members are expected to take action on the 2013-14 budget Tuesday. The proposal was the topic of a public hearing last week.

The regular meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building. Mayor Linda Aures is proposing a 7 percent reduction in the tax rate. She said the proposed rate is $5.49 per $1,000 of assessed value. Last year’s rate was $5.91.

The last tax decrease happened a decade ago, she added.

The mayor said tax rates have gone up 120 percent in the last 10 years and that 70 percent of the increases were in the last five years.

Aures and the trustees met last week to review the proposed budget for 2013-14.

She said they based many of their budget cuts on recommendations from the accounting firm of Bahgat & Laurito-Bahgat.

The proposed general fund budget is $339,570, and the proposed water fund is $152,700.

Among the cuts was $6,000 subtracted from the Maintenance of Roads account. The mayor said that was because of a recommendation from the accountants who reviewed the account last year, when it was listed at $51,000. She said $17,633 of that account had been spent.

The personnel services account – cut by $8,000 – covers wages in excess of normal pay plus some overtime, according to the mayor. She said the amount spent in 2011-12 was $39,048. There was $42,000 in the original budget draft for the new spending plan.

The mayor said she would increase the public safety account to $1,400 because of the need for a code enforcement officer.

The Town of Hanover previously provided code enforcement to the village. Both Forestville and Silver Creek received notification that the town will no longer provide code enforcement as a free service.