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Hamburg considers budget that would hike taxes nearly 4 percent

Taxes would go up by about 4 percent next year under the tentative Town of Hamburg budget, but the Town Board is working to lower the burden.

Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters said the town has been working on the sportsplex proposal for months but had nothing concrete to show residents until now.

“It was my goal to keep the tax rate and tax levy as low as possible,” Walters said, “(but) you have to look at it from the service standpoint.”

Services and programs would be maintained, but requests from department heads for additional spending, including for several new employees, were not included in the budget, he said.

Walters said the Town Board will examine those departmental requests when it discusses the budget at a work session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Conference Room No. 1 in Town Hall.

The tax rate would increase by 3.8 percent, and the levy, or total amount to be raised through taxes, would go up by 4 percent, which is above the tax cap.

“That’s going to be part of the discussion … regarding whether or not the tax cap should be exceeded,” Walters said.

The board would have to pass a resolution authorizing the tax levy to go above the tax cap.

The tax rate for those living outside the villages would be $10.55 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up by 39 cents.

The rate for residents of Blasdell and the Village of Hamburg would be $4.92 per $1,000, up by 19 cents.

Spending would go up by 2.2 percent, to $45.57 million.

“The drivers were, as expected, personnel costs,” he said.

The cost of payments to the retirement system have more than doubled in the last eight years, he said. No raises are included for elected officials.

There is an increase in debt service, as payments for renovations to the Hamburg Library and Senior Community Center are included to the 2017 budget.

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