November 8, 2013

Schroon taxes to decrease

SCHROON LAKE — Property taxes in the Town of Schroon are expected to drop after the proposed 2014 budget takes effect.

The amount to be raised by property taxes in the final budget is $1.69 million, which is 1.2 percent less than this year’s $1.7 million.

The budget totals $4.2 million, including all special districts, about the same as this year. It was passed by the Town Council at a recent public hearing.

Schroon Town Supervisor Michael Marnell said he and the Town Council have worked to keep spending to a minimum.

“We did not use any fund balance from the general fund and only $20,000 from highway fund balance.”

Marnell said State Retirement program costs are up, but medical insurance went down $35,000.

He said town employees will receive a 30-cent-an-hour pay increase, as will the town clerk and highway superintendent.

Other elected officials are not getting raises, he said.

The supervisor said they passed a no-frills spending plan.

“If it isn’t absolutely necessary, it’s not in the budget. We’re taking care of our infrastructure and doing as much maintenance in-house as we can.”

Schroon easily beat the state’s 1.66 percent tax cap for this budget, Marnell said.

“It’s a good budget. We’ve built a little (financial) cushion for the town.”

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