November 8, 2012

Lewis levy below state mandate

LEWIS — Similar to most towns, Lewis has made a concerted effort to stay within the state tax-levy mandate of 2 percent. 

The preliminary 2013 budget stands at $929,915, an increase of $20,400, or 2.24 percent over the 2012 budget of $909,515.

The levy that would be shared by taxpayers is up 0.04 percent in the preliminary plan, below the state cap.

“I believe that the town board has put much thought into their 2013 proposed budget,” Town Supervisor David Blades in an email interview. “The councilmen deserve a great deal of thanks for keeping the budget to a very small increase while maintaining those services and programs that the residents have come to expect.”

Though the supervisor and council members will not receive a raise in 2013, all other employees are earmarked for a 3 percent increase in pay.

Lewis has two taxing districts, one for properties in the town’s Water District, and the other outside that area.

For outside taxpayers, the tax levy amounts to $336,115, up just $131. 

Water District landowners would have a tax levy of $336,115, which calculates to a decrease of $3,869 over this year’s amount.

The tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation outside the Water District tabulates to $3.41, a decrease of 2 cents, while the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed for properties inside the Water District is also $3.41, but shows a decrease of 12 cents. 

The total assessed value of the Town of Lewis amounts to $155,723,631, of which tax exempt state land is valued at $5,291,989, and other tax exempt properties total $47,818,118.

In 2012, taxable property had a value of $97,623,234, while 2013 figures indicate that figure to be $98,756,964, an increase of $1,133,730.

The Fire District, which is separate from the town, is upping its budget from $73,325 in 2012 to $84,425, which tabulates to a 9 cent per $1,000 assessed value increase.

Among the budget items showing increases for 2013 are: the New York State Retirement contribution, up $8,000; health insurance, $200; and highway fuel $2,500.

Line items that are projected to decrease include refuse, down $15,000.

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