November 11, 2012

Tax levy up 1.3 percent in Tupper Lake


---- — TUPPER LAKE — The tax levy here is up 1.3 percent.

That’s a total $1,459,557 to support the 2013 budget, according to Town Administrator Mary Sue Wolson.

“We came in $3,000 below the (state’s) 2 percent tax-levy cap.”

The tight numbers come, in part, because Tupper Lake lost significant property value this past year.

“Tupper lost over $1,014,673 in assessment. A couple of large properties burned and were destroyed,” the administrator said.

The total $1,984,649 budget was approved by the Town Council on Thursday.

The 2013 spending plan is up about $17,000 from the current year, Wolson said.

The town has not allocated money for new equipment purchases.

“We just plan on maintaining what we already have.”

The tax rate will go up 8 cents to $2.98 per thousand dollars of property value, Wolson said.

“We used $50,000 of fund balance toward the general town-wide budget and $40,000 of unused fund balance in the highway budget.”

The budget also includes $15,000 toward the events-coordinator position at the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, in keeping with an agreement made a year ago. 

Salary/stipend amounts in Tupper Lake allow $16,000 for the supervisor; $1,500 for the deputy supervisor; $4,500 each for the town councilors; $48,932 for the highway superintendent and $32,253 for the Tupper Lake town clerk.

That pay includes no raises for the supervisor, councilors and highway superintendent.

Town employees will receive a 2 percent raise.

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