WEST CARTHAGE The village Board of Trustees has set a public hearing on the tentative 2013-14 budget for 6 p.m. Monday in conjunction with the bimonthly board meeting at the village offices, 61 High St.
The $1,389,488 tentative general fund budget is down $817 from this years $1,390,305 figure. The tentative tax levy is $549,183.75, up $8,921.82 from this years $540,261.93. However, due to an increased tax base, the tentative tax rate remains the same at $6.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
The village board, working together with the department heads, worked hard to provide a budget that didnt change the tax rate while it continues to provide exceptional service to the residents of West Carthage, said Mayor Scott M. Burto.
The tentative budget includes the installation of a new furnace in the village municipal building which, according to Mayor Burto, will heat the office and board room separately.
Over the past few years, we have had problems with a single furnace heating the whole building. After review and estimates, we feel installing a separating heating system will reduce our energy cost by providing more control of heating zones, the mayor said, noting the estimated cost of the new system is $29,800.
The budget also reflects these energy savings.
The board set aside money in the budget for winter recreation. Although the village has not had ice skating for the past couple of years, the money will be available if the village chooses to open the park once again, the mayor said.
As municipalities struggle with tax increase due to increased pension cost, increased health insurance cost and unfunded mandates with no relief from the state, our department heads and village board did an excellent job working together to provide a sound budget with no tax increase, Mayor Burto said. Depending on a homeowners new assessed value, few residents should see an increase in their tax bill or change in the level of service we provide to our residents.