The German Flatts Town Council is holding the line on its proposed 2014 budget, according to town Supervisor Frank Spatto, and taxpayers can expect to see only a slight increase in taxes, possibly a little more than one percent, when the final figures come in from Herkimer County.
Last year the board projected about a two percent tax increase and wound up with one an increase that was less than one percent, he noted.
The 2014 budget will be the subject of a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the town hall on East Main Street.
“We’re running the same budget as we’ve been running,” said Spatto.
He said the board has made small cuts through the years to keep costs stable.
Having some additions to the tax base has also helped.
He credited the town council and the highway department for the work they have done to prepare the budget.
General and highway fund appropriations total $2,190,548, with $1,209,556 to be raised in taxes.
The plan shows a budget of $97,386 for the town’s fire protection district, $2,876 for lighting, $2,020 for health and, for the water districts, Manion Heights, $30,031; South Ilion, $3,539; and Barringer Road, $4,490. These budgets total $140,342 with $128,687 to be raised in taxes.
“With all the storms and storm damage, we’re holding the line. That’s the good thing,” said Spatto. “There was a lot of damage out there.”
He said the town tries to keep enough in its accounts to deal with unexpected expenses.
“This year we used everything,” he said.
The town borrowed $650,000 to pay its flood-related bills and is hoping for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The town has had good cooperation from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the state Department of Transportation and the state government, he added.