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Carthage property tax rate stable for three years running

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CARTHAGE — The village Board of Trustees has set a public hearing on the tentative 2013-14 budget for 7 p.m. Monday in conjunction with the bimonthly board meeting at the village offices, 120 S. Mechanic St.

The $5,656,209 tentative spending plan is up $468,700 from this year’s $5,187,509 budget. However, the tax levy would not rise significantly and the tax rate would remain at $8.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value, as it has been for the past three years. The tentative tax levy for 2013-14 is $1,043,570, which is $878 more than this year’s $1,042,692 levy.

“Department heads did a great job constructing and presenting their budgets to the board, which contributed to keeping the tax rate the same for the past three years,” village President G. Wayne McIlroy said.

The police department budget decreased by more than $45,000 due in part to a retirement incentive paid to the former chief and restructuring of the department.

A line item for animal control went from $3,000 to $1,000 because of the elimination of the dog control officer position. Animal control duties now are handled by the police.

Snow removal and street maintenance costs are down, which, according to the village Clerk/Treasurer Kristy L. O’Shaughnessy, was made possible through “tightening budget lines without a decrease in service.”

The budget has the addition of “community action administration” through which the village will help fund the Village Ecumenical Ministries Food Pantry.

Mrs. O’Shaughnessy said $3,500 for community beautification will be used to purchase holiday decorations for the new lighting fixtures on State Street.

“We included funds to replace half of the decorations on the lamp posts,” she said.

The tentative budget may be viewed at the village offices during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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