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Cape Vincent town clerk to get 64% raise under 2013 budget

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CAPE VINCENT — The town clerk/tax collector will get a 64 percent raise under Cape Vincent’s 2013 preliminary budget.

Town Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey said Tuesday that the town board simply is bringing Michelle A. Bouchard’s salary up to par with clerks in other municipalities nearby.

Her salary next year will be $33,000, a $12,900 increase from her 2012 salary of $20,100.

She was being paid poorly yet has been doing a wonderful job for the town, Mr. Hirschey said, and her new salary is still less than the town pays a newcomer in his first year with the Highway Department.

Mr. Hirschey is receiving a 5 percent raise next year. Despite the raise, his 2013 salary of $21,000 is still $770 less than he received in 2011.

The supervisor took a $1,770 pay cut in 2012 because he had the deputy supervisor complete the town’s annual update document for him.

Town Council members next year will get $3,299 each, a 2 percent increase from their $3,234 compensation this year.

Highway Superintendent Daniel Hubbard will receive $53,980, up 3 percent from $52,408.

Under the preliminary budget, the town keeps the tax rate steady at $1 per $1,000 of assessed value, and increases the tax levy by 0.7 percent to $220,956 from $217,000.

Cape Vincent is buying down its levy with sales tax revenue and with $55,430 from its fund balance. It used $32,494 from its general fund balance this year.

The town’s total spending, excluding special district expenditures that are covered through user fees, is increasing by 2.7 percent — to $1,956,725 from $1,904,789 next year.

The Highway Department’s 2013 budget will be $1,087,853, up 1.9 percent from $1,067,667.

Mr. Hirschey said he will present a detailed breakdown of the town’s 2013 spending plan at an upcoming budget hearing and share the Town Council’s latest plans for a new highway salt storage barn on Route 12E.

The council plans to adopt the budget following a public hearing during its regular board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cape Vincent Recreation Park on James Street.

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