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Village of Adams OKs spending increase in 2014-15 budget

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ADAMS — The village’s 2014-15 budget adopted Monday by the Board of Trustees calls for an increase in overall spending, mainly because of plans to hire an officer at the police department.

Spending for all funds will climb by $37,273, or 1.7 percent, from $2,178,800 to $2,216,073. The tax rate will remain at $7.10 per $1,000 of assessed value, which means a property valued at $100,000 will be taxed $710. The levy will decrease slightly compared with this fiscal year, from $551,179 to $550,636.

A part-time officer will be hired to increase the village’s police force to five employees under the plan, Mayor Philip F. Chatterton said. As a result, funding for personnel at the police department will jump by about 21.5 percent, or $14,574, from $67,626 to $82,200.

“We don’t have a full force at the moment, and the board may hire possibly one officer,” Mr. Chatterton said. “If we hire another person, there will be more hours covered during the week. And part of the increase is to cover special events, like the Cheddar Cheese Festival and 5k runs.”

The village’s other eight employees will receive raises of up to 3 percent, Mr. Chatterton said, but village board members won’t receive a raise.

The village’s health care plan, which provides coverage for two employees, is projected to climb by 50 percent, from $10,000 to $15,000. The village is negotiating a three-year contract for those employees with Teamsters Union Local 687, Potsdam, that has yet to be finalized, Mr. Chatterton said. State retirement costs in the budget will remain even at $35,000.

The village awarded contracts in January to expand the Adams Fire Department hall, a $1,022,897 project on track to break ground this spring and be completed in the fall. Property taxes were increased from the 2012-13 fiscal year to help pay for the project, but the village board expects the tax rate to remain stable for several years, Mr. Chatterton said.

“We’re going to try to keep it even, but it depends on what the state does and mandates,” he said.

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