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Town Board OKs budget

November 26, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - The 2013 town budget was unanimously approved by the Town Board on Wednesday.

The budget includes no town property tax and few changes from the 2012 budget.

The total budget for 2013 is $3.9 million and includes the use of $12,039 in fund balance. The general fund balance is roughly $80,000, according to Supervisor Thomas DiMezza.

DiMezza reported the budget changed little from previous years, with $668,585 in the budget to be used town-wide, while $465,100 will be used from the general budget for programs outside of the villages.

The two funds cover separate areas. The town wide section covers the entire town, including villagesand hamlets. Items in it include buildings, contingency accounts, town clerks, assessors, justices and the town supervisor's position.

The outside villages section handles all the funding for programs meant for use outside of the villages. Items include safety inspections, funding for youth programs, zoning and Medicare.

The four volunteer fire departments in the town will get $823,023, paid for through the fire tax, and $512,500 will be used for the sewer budget.

One citizen did have a problem with the budget. Bill Grzyb, a town resident, said at the board's meeting Wednesday that in the 2013 budget, $1.25 million is expected to be spent from sales tax revenue, but the amount to be collected is expected to be more than $1.3 million.

"We spent ourselves into a situation where we will have to have a town [property] tax, eventually," Grzyb said.

DiMezza said the revenue leftover would be put into the fund balance. He also said with the current funds remaining, the town would have to pinch pennies when it came to making the 2014 budget.

"There is only so much we can do with the money," he said.

A proposed highway tax for the town, introduced by DiMezza, was struck down during an October meeting of the Town Board.

The board met earlier this month to balance the 2013 budget proposal and confirmed the proposed tax would not be included.



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