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Evans Mills budget calls for tax levy increase

BY TED BOOKER
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EVANS MILLS — The village Board of Trustees approved a 2 percent increase in the property tax levy Wednesday when it adopted a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins June 1.

The levy will increase from $143,950 this year to $147,285. Because of a revaluation of the village’s 245 taxable parcels completed in 2012 by town Assessor William M. Vargulick that factored in the increased market values, the village tax rate will drop from $5.31 to $5.25 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The budget calls for a decrease in total spending of $21,813, or 3 percent, from $709,553 to $687,740.

Costing about $40,000, the village’s main capital project in 2013 will be installation of radio-read meters at all houses that will save labor by enabling workers to check levels of water use at houses automatically. This fiscal year, the village spent about $40,000 to install steel-frame flooring in the Department of Public Works building on North Main Street.

Additional expenditures planned in the budget include a $3,500 increase for youth programs, up 18 percent from $16,000 to $19,500. That capital outlay will pay for the cost of a heat generator to be installed at the recreation building; it also will cover additional salary costs for the village’s six-week summer youth program, driven up by the state’s minimum-wage increase.

The cost of the health care plan provided to three full-time employees via Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield will increase 11.7 percent, or $5,500, from $47,000 to $52,500 because of an annual increase from the health provider.

Village Clerk Marilyn L. Hanson said the village, which will carry over $135,729 from its all of its funds year, is in a healthy financial standing overall.

“I feel very confident in our position,” she said. “Replacing the water meters and getting the water and sewer software upgraded are going to be big projects.”

CORRECTION
Because of a reporter’s error, a story in Monday’s issue on the Evans Mills 2013-14 budget incorrectly reported the plan calls for an increase from this year in total spending. Total spending will decrease $21,813, or 3 percent, from $709,553 to $687,740. The story also incorrectly reported $135,729 would be carried over from its general fund this year; that figure includes all funds.
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