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Town to adopt 2013 budget

TONAWANDA - A budget hearing was held Nov. 8 in the Town of Tonawanda, allowing residents the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have had regarding the 2013 Town Budget. No concerns were raised by residents.

Supervisor Anthony Caruana touched base on a few items included in the preliminary budget that he previously presented to the town board.

Among those were the mandated New York State tax cap, which in the Town of Tonawanda, is under the mandated two percent; the reclassification of NRG Huntley as a PILOT for the upcoming year; the cost per day for residents is an estimated $3.26; retirement incentives; and expenses for the town, including construction projects and purchases of town vehicles for various different reasons that will occur throughout 2013.

During two budget work sessions, Caruana and the town board discussed changes that needed to be made to the budget including cuts on spending and consolidation in the town and approved several of those changes on Oct. 18 at a previous town meeting.

Changes in the budget that will affect tax payers are:

Increases in daily taxes:

• Garbage and Recycling increased by .2 cents.

• Street repairs increased by .1 cent due to an increase in the cost of asphalt.

• Building and plumbing.

• Police increased by .5 cents, due to an increase in personnel.

• Postage and Telephone also increased

Decrease in daily taxes:

• General Government Fund went down.

• Youth and Parks decreased by .3 cents.

• Other taxes that decreased were Public Safety; Street Lighting; and Sanitary Sewer.

Caruana presented a thorough preliminary budget summary, during which he broke down each section and explained how the town came up with the daily costs for residents.

He added, “There will be no salary increases again this year for town officials, they were reduced by $1,000 in 2006 and there has been no increase since 2003.”

Both the supervisor and town board feel they are presenting a fiscally responsible budget for town residents.

The next Town of Tonawanda Town Board Meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.
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