With budget season wrapping up, Chesterfield is seeing a 7.5-percent increase in the 2011 general-fund tax levy.

The amount to be raised in taxes through the general fund is up $34,099 over this year.

The tax levies for the town's highway funds have also increased.

Highway funds 1 and 1A will require 20 percent more in taxes, and highway funds 2, 3 and 4 have increased 28 percent. That is connected to increases in the levy of $53,155 and $62,066, respectively.

Residents saw a 12-percent increase for the Fire District tax levy, with $33,328 more needed for the 2011 budget.

The levy for the aquatic plant went up $1,000, which is a 16-percent increase.

The lighting districts stayed the same.

The town will raise a total of $1,399,897 from taxes this coming year, up from the $1,216,249 collected in 2010. This is up 15 percent, or $183,648, over last year's total levy.

Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow said that because the overall amount of town assessment increased, tax rates will decrease.

The tax rate per $1,000 of accessed property is down 42 cents from $4.86 in 2010 to $4.44 in 2011.

This year, some people in the Chesterfield area felt their property had been reassessed at inflated values, but Morrow wants to assure residents this does not necessarily mean they will be paying more in taxes, due to the assessment increase.

Morrow noted that individual tax rates vary depending on where the property is located, for instance, whether it is within the Village of Keeseville borders.

The total proposed budget amounted to $1,973,454 this year, compared to $1,796,258 in 2010.

Morrow said some of the increases were unavoidable.

Retirement costs, for instance, increased from $40,504 to $66,676, and health-insurance costs for town employees rose 15 percent.

"Retirement costs went up drastically," Morrow said. "That's mandated. We have to pay that."

Town employees across the board received a 3-percent raise.

Also included in the budget was $5,000 for the Ausable Chasm Visitors Center and $3,000 for the Anderson Falls Heritage Society, which has been without a home since the closing of the Keeseville Civic Center.

Chesterfield contributed $3,320 to the Keeseville Police Station, which was also housed in the building and is now located in the new Keeseville Village Offices at 58 Liberty St.

"It wasn't much, but it all adds up," Morrow said.

A tandem snowplow and sander truck will cost the town $42,000 this coming year.

Interest on investments dropped to 0.25 percent, Morrow said, decreasing the town's revenue.

Tax-exempt land totaled $16,974,254, which is mostly forest land.

"Overall, it was an excellent budget," Morrow said.

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