CHAMPLAIN — The Champlain Village Board of Trustees has tentatively approved a 2014-15 budget that would lower the tax levy by 2 percent.
A public hearing on the spending plan will be held at 7 tonight.
“So, if anyone in the community has questions or some remarks about the budget, it’s here in the office,” Mayor Greg Martin said. “It’s available for anybody. If there are questions, we will deal with them. If there are none, the board will pass the budget for the next year.”
The total budget is $1,100,221, with the tax levy decreasing 2 percent and the tax rate staying steady.
Wastewater and water rates will remain the same as they have for the last four years.
The water rate is $2.98 per 1,000 gallons, plus a service fee of $27.50. The wastewater rate is $6 plus a service fee of $37.50.
Village employees would receive a 3 percent raise.
Village Board members and the mayor opted not to receive a raise. The $209 that would have been used for that was reallocated, Martin said, with the Village Personnel Appreciation Fund getting $100; the Champlain Library Fund, $100; and the Personnel Services account, $9.
“We wanted to put the money in other places,” Martin said. “Most of us haven’t taken a raise in a while, a couple of years.
“Obviously, we don’t do this (serve) for the compensation. We care a great deal about our village and want to maintain the village and services, whatever we can do for the village residents.”
The Village Appreciation Fund brings management and staff under one roof.
“There’s always a bit of a separation factor there between the trustees and mayor (and employees) because we don’t see the staff all the time,” Martin said.
So the board established the fund to pay for a yearly get-together for village officials and employees.