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2017-11-09 / Front Page

Town holds budget hearing, sets dates for public forums

by CHRIS GRAHAM Editor

Concerned taxpayers received vital information on the town’s 2018 budget during a Nov. 1 presentation from Town Accountant Tom Malecki.

The presentation on the tentative budget was part of a public hearing on the spending plan that took place during the Town Board meeting.

Malecki advised residents that the town is currently facing a $26 million budget, which would be an increase of about $1 million, or 4.3 percent, from the 2017 budget.

During the presentation, Malecki pointed to four main factors for the increase: the addition of a police officer at $100,000; contractual employee benefits, which include health insurance, dental insurance and retirement, for $250,000; payment on debt for the Green Lake project, Municipal Center upgrades and improvements to roads and parks, for around $500,000; and the mandatory minimum wage increase from $9.70 to $10.40, adding $100,000.

As previously reported in The Bee, all department managers and the town council received raises in the 2018 budget.

The tax levy for the budget is 1.7 percent and remains under the tax cap of 1.84 percent.

For the 2018 budget, Malecki added that state aid has remained flat, while sales tax amounts to a small increase.

Before the Nov. 15 adoption date, Malecki said the Town Board will continue to examine its fund balance, reserves and budget monitoring report and see if any adjustments can be made to the tentative plan.

Councilman Michael Sherry announced that two public forums on the budget will be held before its adoption. The first hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and the final hearing will be at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. Both hearings will be held in the courtroom of the Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

To view the tentative budget, visit the town’s website, www.orchardparkny.org.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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