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Tax rate going up by 1 penny in Town of Wilson

WILSON -- The Wilson Town Board will present its proposed $3.5 million budget in a public hearing slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 375 Lake St., to be followed by a regular meeting.

The proposed $3,504,144 spending plan includes a penny tax increase, for a tax rate of $4.35 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That rate includes a property tax rate of $3.61 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a library district tax of 35 cents per $1,000, and lifetime service award fee to cover volunteer firefighters of 39 cents per $1,000. The proposed tax levy is $1,291,866.

The 84 residents of Sunset Island will see a $16 decrease in their sewer rate, to $773.88 per lot in 2017. Wilson Supervisor Doyle Phillips attributed this to lower bond interest rates on the state-mandated improvements project for the village’s wastewater treatment plant, which services the island. The rest of the town relies on septic systems.

Sunset Island residents also have the town’s only lighting district, and will pay 44 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in the proposed budget.

Phillips said the town will continue to set some funds aside for the water tower painting project and that the Department of Public Works plans to purchase couple of small trucks out of reserves earmarked for this in its budget.

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