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November 13, 2012

Ambulance options complicate Jay budget

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RISING COSTS

Douglas said some significant impacts on the town budget included rising State Retirement Fund and health-insurance costs.

He said the employer contribution for workers in the state system will increase from 18.9 percent of salaries to 20.9 percent, a state-mandated 134 percent increase in five years. Jay’s share was $49,372 in 2009, and it will be $115,791 for 2013.

“I feel that the town board and budget officer have put together a very frugal and financially sound budget for 2013,” Douglas said. “Town officials, DPW Director Chris Garrow and I have worked together under tough conditions to offset the budget while still trying to recover physically, financially and emotionally from Irene.

RAISES

“Our employees have seen their first raise in three years,” Douglas said.

Town employees and elected officials will get 3 percent increases in the budget.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS

The 2013 budget includes three water districts; AuSable Forks Sewer District; AuSable Forks Ambulance, which serves the entire town under a contract; and two libraries.

Three fire districts, Jay, Upper Jay and AuSable, are included in the budget, but they are separate taxing entities and have their own tax caps, which they stayed under.

The budget totals $2.6 million in appropriations, including all special districts.

The tax levy is $1.4 million, up $30,565 over last time, not including any special districts.

The levy with the ambulance increase would be $1.57 million; without the ambulance hike, $1.52 million.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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