KEESEVILLE — The proposed 2013-14 budget for the Village of Keeseville stays well within the state’s 2 percent tax cap.
The $1.36 million budget has a tax levy of $403,970, which is about a 1 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes over last year.
Village officials say property owners whose assessments stayed the same as last year would also pay about the same amount in tax.
The tax rate of $7.50 per $1,000 is expected to stay the same, Village Mayor Dale Holderman said, because the village tax base increased over last year.
“We have done this with no tax increase to the residents, and with three years of no increase in the village tax rate.”
The public hearing on the budget is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Village Hall.
Holderman said the budget process was complex and lengthy.
“The village trustees and I spent countless hours examining the budgets for the last three years. We dissected the budget from all the angles we could think of and came up with one that keeps costs and expenditures under control in the best interests of the village and also keeps those projects moving forward to make our community a better place.”
Village employees are in the budget for 3 percent raises, but there are no pay increases for elected officials.
“We found that our employees were lagging their (town) counterparts by quite a bit, and with the experience level and training that they have received, it was well deserved,” Holderman said.
“In a village, we have the unique situation of using our employees for many, many different tasks, and this gives our residents a bigger bang for their buck.”
He said the board has also decided to bring back the codes officer position to enforce village law and ordinances. The village had been using the Chesterfield and AuSable town codes officers.