By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — A public hearing is set for Monday on the 2014 Town of Malone budget, which carries a 7.25 percent tax-levy increase.
The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Malone Dufort Airport and is preceded and followed by public hearings concerning water rates and the annual contract with Malone Callfiremen.
Comments will be taken at 5:30 p.m. on the west-side Water District will be taken at 5:30 p.m. — each of the 307.5 equivalent-dwelling units in that district will be billed $107.21, a decrease of $2.39 from this year.
Comments on the east-side Water District will be heard at 5:45 p.m. The Town Council has set the cost for each of the 158 equivalent-dwelling units in that district at $153.97, an increase of $19.54 from this year.
TOWN BUDGET HEARING
The budget public hearing is set for 6 p.m.
The overall budget is $3,572,234, an increase of 5.75 percent, and the amount to be raised by taxes is $2,778,045, an increase of 7.25 percent, according to Budget Officer Andrea Stewart.
The Town Council adopted a resolution last month to override the state-mandated 2 percent property-tax cap.
The tentative budget called for a tax-levy increase of 36.8 percent, but the Town Council cut more than $600,000 — including all equipment requests — and still ended up surpassing the tax cap by $34,073.
“Our backs were up against the wall, and we did the best we could,” said Town Supervisor Howard Maneely.
The tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value for a property inside the Village of Malone is $4.40, an increase of 10.83 percent, or 43 cents per $1,000.
The tax rate per $1,000 for a property outside the village is $8.61, an increase of 5.9 percent, or 48 cents per $1,000.
A property inside the village assessed at $100,000 would see a tax increase of about $43 in 2014, and a property of the same assessment outside the village would see a hike of about $48 in 2014, Stewart said.
The budget report shows that 40.68 percent of the properties in the Village of Malone and 34.63 percent of town properties outside the village are tax exempt.
FIRE BUDGET HEARING
Following the budget hearing, the Town Council will take comments at 6:30 p.m. on a new two-year contract with the Malone Callfiremen at a rate of $440,000 per year, an increase of $13,000 from this year’s contract of $427,000.
Stewart said raises are included in the budget and that they were calculated to align with the union contract the town has with its Highway Department employees, who will get an increase of 60 cents per hour across the board.
The salary for the fire and building code officer will go from $33,500 to $33,592; the Highway Department clerk/airport manager, from $41,000 to $42,248; assessor, from $41,600 to $42,536; supervisor’s secretary/bookkeeper/budget officer, from $45,000 to $45,936; town clerk/registrar/tax receiver, from $40,000 to $40,936; deputy town clerk, from $23,000 to $23,850; senior court clerk, from $27,500 to $28,436; court clerk, from $23,000 to $21,500; and data collector, from $21,200 to $22,136.
A new court-clerk position had been considered with a salary of $13,000 but didn't make the cut.
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