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Caroga budget would cut taxes

October 30, 2012
The Leader Herald

CAROGA - Town Supervisor Ralph Ottuso's proposed town budget for 2013 would cut the property-tax rate by 4.5 percent, a reduction of 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The budget proposal also has been updated to include a salary increase for Highway Department employees.

According to information provided by town officials, the tax rate for this year was $7.23 per $1,000 of assessed property value, taking into account the fire, highway and general funds. The tentative tax rate for 2013 would be $6.90 per $1,000.

The Highway Department workers will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase, town Budget Director Lita Hillier said. She said highway is the only department slated to receive raises at this time, but that could change after future meetings.

The tentative budget originally called for no raises at all, which would have made 2013 the third year of frozen payroll in a row, said Hillier.

She previously said if the board decided to implement a raise of 1 percent for both general and highway personnel, it would require taking about $7,000 out of the fund balance.

The total amount of the proposed budget is about $2.03 million. The total amount of the tax-levy would be $836,183.

The next town budget meeting will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at town hall.



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