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Proposed budget for Caroga would reduce tax rate

October 11, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

CAROGA - The Town Board held its first meeting Wednesday to go over the Supervisor Ralph Ottuso's proposed budget for 2013 that includes a property tax decrease of 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

According to information provided by the town, the implied 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 is $6.90.

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

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Town of Caroga Supervisor Ralph Ottuso and Budget Director Lita Hillier discuss the tentative budget for 2013.
The Leader-Herald/Levi Pascher

At the meeting, the board presented no intention of overriding the 2 percent tax-levy cap during the meeting.

The tentative budget has no raises, which would be the third year in a row of no raises, said Budget Director Lita Hillier. She said if the board decided to implement a raise of 1 percent for both general and highway personnel, it would take about $7,000 out of the fund balance.

The city assessor asked for $700 more than the previous year for contractual expenses because of software maintenance. The board decided to move the money out of the grant-writing portion of the tentative budget during the meeting.

The town used part of the $10,000 that was budgeted for the Gateway Trail on a $5,000 reserve for a new weed harvester in the future. The remaining $5,000 was added to the Capital Projects Fund toward buildings, for the plans to change the heat at the Municipal Office Building.

The Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course fell short of the town's income revenue expectations for last year, and revenue was reduced by $20,000 in the proposed budget.

In other meeting news:

He also said that the 1999 International plow truck has a broken frame and radiator and soon will have to pass inspection. The radiator will cost $1,895 from International, and the frame can be fixed for $500 through a local business, said Putman.

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