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  • German Flatts Town Council approves budget

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  • The German Flatts Town Council voted to adopt its proposed 2014 budget Wednesday after a public hearing at which no residents appeared.
    The budget shows an increase of about two percent over the 2013 plan, according to Town Supervisor Frank Spatto.
    “We try to keep enough money in the accounts to cover any unforeseen circumstances,” he said, adding the early summer flood had a major impact on the current fiscal year.
    The town had to borrow $650,000 to cover its flood-related expenses, but Spatto expects to recoup the money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    The highway department was advised to tighten up its budget this year by holding off on some planned projects due to the emergency.
    “Next year we’ll try to recoup and build our accounts back up,” he said.
    The water district budgets are tight because some users haven’t paid their bills, Spatto said.
    Councilwoman Fay Davis said she was pleased to see the budget included an additional $500 for each of the two libraries in the town — Weller Library in Mohawk and the Ilion Free Public Library. Spatto said the town tries to increase those amounts by $500 each year.
    The council voted Wednesday to accept a court decision that would lower the assessment on a property by about $34,000. Spatto said it would not have a major impact on the town’s overall assessment.
    On the plus side, council members noted the rental of the London Bridge offices in Ilion would help the town.
    General and highway fund appropriations for 2014 total $2,190,548 with $1,209,556 to be raised in taxes.
    Budgets for special districts are as follows: $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.
    Spatto expects the tax increase for 2014 to be a little more than one percent.
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