April 3, 2013

Village of Dannemora budget shows levy drop


---- — DANNEMORA — Village of Dannemora residents could see a drop of about 3.5 percent in the tax levy in the 2013-14 budget.

If approved, the $1,002,239 budget would have a tax levy of $245,704, which is about a 3 percent decrease in the amount to be raised by taxes over the 2012-13 levy.

“We have worked together for many hours to try to put a budget together that is affordable for the taxpayer and yet accomplish some projects throughout the village,” Village Clerk Donna Taylor said in a news release.

“It has been a very difficult year to try to stay within the tax cap as mandated by the state ... Though difficult, we were able to meet this goal in this budget.”

The village would offset costs with the use of $63,000 in fund balance, leaving a balance of about $66,000, Taylor said Tuesday. 

As well, the amount of $53,500 — expected from the sale of the village-owned former nursery-school building on Birch Drive — shows as revenue.

Village Mayor Michael Bennett said that money would help pay for the new Community Building over the course of 10 years.


The proposed budget has a decrease of 15 cents per $1,000 assessed property value (2 percent) for property owners in the Town of Dannemora side of the village and a drop of 27 cents per $1,000 (4 percent) for those on the Town of Saranac side.

Those rates would be 6.02 per $1,000, from $6.17 for Dannemora; and $5.99 per $1,000, from $6.26 for Saranac.

Plans for the tentative 2013-2014 general fund budget include 2 percent raises for employees, the purchase of a computer for the Village Offices, paving the top portion of Flagg Street and a new door opener at the Village Garage.

Bennett said this year’s budget was particularly difficult to control as retirement costs have doubled since 2011.

With a jump in health-insurance costs, employees will pay 10 percent toward their individual policies in the upcoming year.

Tightened controls and reduced spending at the Community Building helped keep the budget under control, the mayor said.


Water and waste-water customers in the village are charged by unit for usage; for example, a single-family home is one unit, a two-apartment house is two units. 

The budget calls for a hike of $50 per unit for water users, who would pay $160 for the coming year.

Included in the water budget are plans to replace the water line on Carter Court between Smith and Pleasant streets.

Waste-water users would pay $75 less per unit, coming in at $125. Portions of the sewer budget include a raise for employees and the trade and purchase of a tractor. 

Officials say the pumping-station upgrade was completed in July 2012.

Water and sewer customers can once again pay on an installment plan with two payments.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at 6:30 tonight at the Village Office.