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October 8, 2012

Town of Plattsburgh tentative budget under tax cap

Town of Plattsburgh tentative budget brings 1.2% tax-levy increase

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Bassett said that is one of the lowest highway-department tax rates in the region.

Appropriations for the Water and Sewer Department would increase from $2.06 million to $2.157 million.

ALL PAY FOR LIGHTING

In the Consolidated Ambulance District, appropriations would go from $925,000 to $950,000, with $450,000 of that to be raised by taxes. The tax rate would increase from 36 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 38 cents.

The town’s move to create a townwide Consolidated Lighting District rather than having nine lighting districts and acquire streetlight infrastructure from New York State Electric and Gas has increased appropriations there from $219,300 to $284,100, with $174,000 to be raised by taxes. 

Residents of lighting districts paid a tax rate that ranged from 19 cents per $1,000 to 28 cents in 2012. In the Consolidated District, all town property owners would pay 15 cents per $1,000.

“We consolidated our ambulance districts because we saw the value of trying to level the cost of service to all residents of the Town of Plattsburgh,” Bassett said. “We’ve done the same with the lighting districts.”

Consolidated Water Department appropriations would increase from $2.258 million to $2.349 million. The tax rate would go from 91 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 93 cents.

For the Base Water District, appropriations would increase from $272,687 to $347,526. The tax rate would rise from $4.52 per $1,000 to $4.61.

RAISES 

In the third year of a three-year contract, town employees are set to receive a 2.8 percent raise. Bassett said that, as part of that agreement, the town was able to eliminate automatic step-system increases and get new employees to contribute more toward insurance costs.

Elected officials would also see a 2.8 percent raise. Bassett said that works out to a total of about $8,000.

The supervisor would receive $72,344, while the deputy supervisor would be paid $15,395. The other town councilors would get $14,409 each.

The highway superintendent is set to receive $70,334. The receiver of taxes and town clerk would each be paid $28,972.

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