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Wilna town budget approved; tax rate down

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CARTHAGE — The Wilna Town Council passed its 2014-15 budget following a public hearing Monday at which no one from the public spoke.

The total spending plan for the fiscal year starting Jan. 1 is $2,773,253, with $845,917 to be raised by taxes townwide. Last year’s approved budget was $2,726,522, with $1,433,888 raised through taxes at a rate of $3.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The tentative tax rate for the 2014 budget is $2.95. The tax levy increase is at 1.04 percent, which is less than the 2 percent state-mandated tax cap.

“The tax rate is down due to the revaluation,” Supervisor Paul H. Smith said.

Also contributing to the lower tax rate are the paydown on the joint justice court and the town municipal building, according to James E. Yuhas, the town supervisor’s clerk. He also said that with the revaluation of property, some property owners may see an increase in their taxes, depending on the change in their assessment.

The budget includes salaries for village employees as follows: supervisor, $15,150; deputy supervisor, $2,000; four council members at $5,500 each; town clerk/tax collector, $39,000; highway superintendent, $57,000, and town justice, $11,900.

The council conducted its regular monthly meeting after the public hearing.

Mr. Smith said the state Department of Environmental Conservation inspected the town’s transfer station on Avery Road and found no violations.

In the absence of town Highway Superintendent Patrick O’Meara, Mr. Smith reported that a part-time worker, Donald Furney, was hired as winter help.

Mr. Smith said Jefferson County District 6 Legislator Michael F. Astafan is facilitating the transfer of title of the former Jug bar and restaurant in Munns Corners. The transaction should be complete by Feb. 7, at which time the town can proceed with selling the property.

The supervisor also told the board $13,750 was received from the village of Deferiet for snow removal services.

Town Clerk Mary M. McMahon reminded the board that if Michel Camidge were elected clerk, a replacement for her would have to be appointed to the town Planning Board.

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