Medina Journal-Register — Budget season is upon local towns, and the numbers show minor changes in local municipalities.
The Town of Albion passed its budget for the coming year on Nov. 12. The budget showed an overall decrease in the tax rate thanks in part to an overall increase in assessed taxable value.
For homeowners outside the Village of Albion, the tax rate dropped from $4.30 per $1,000 of assessed value to $4.26. Those homeowners in the village limits had their tax rate remain constant at $2.85.
The town budget will look to raise $798,825 in taxes next year, down from $803,151 this year.
The money to be raised in different water and sewer districts varies depending on the district.
The highway funds for the town, both inside and outside the village, will operate at a decreased cost in 2014. The highway fund for roads inside the village has dropped by $47,800, and the fund for roads in the town only is down $41,400.
The general town fund has also gone down, with the fund for inside the village down $66,700 and the fund for outside the village dropping $500.
All other funds remained relatively constant.
The 2014 budget for the Town of Gaines went quite conservative this year and was able to cut its property tax levy from $695,465 to $663,256. The budget was adopted last week.
The tax rate for homeowners inside the Village of Albion will drop in 2014 by nine cents to $5.26 per $1,000 of assessed value. Residents outside the village will see a rate decrease of eight cents to $4.11.
Assessments in the town have increased overall, which helped bring about the drop in the tax rates. Also of note is the highway budget, which was lowered by $10,000.
Water rates in the town will remain the same.
At its meeting on Nov. 12 the Town of Shelby adopted its budget for 2014 with a tax levy increase to $1,145,449, up from $1,109,370.
The increase will affect homeowners in the Village of Medina by upping their tax rate to $3.41 per $1,000 of assessed value. For 2013 the rate was $3.34. Those who live outside the village will see their rate move from $5.97 to $6.09.
Overall, the total taxable value in the town increased thanks to new assessments.
The town has also changed a handful of other rates by a few cents. The fire district rate dropped to $1.44 from $1.51. Shelby Street Lighting moved a penny up to $.42. Millville Street Lighting remained $.44.
Some of the town’s largest expenditures in 2014 are the fire contract at $232,555, $165,000 for medical insurance, state pension fund costs of $80,000, an expected $247,000 in road repairs and a $20,000 for a key lock system. Total appropriations for 2014 are $2,607,527.
There is no change in the tax rate the Town of Ridgeway budget for 2014, which was adopted a week ago.
The rate of Village of Medina residents inside the town remains constant at $3.10 per $1,000 of assessed value. Those residents outside the village will see the rate remain at $4.89 per $1,000.
The tax levy has decreased from $1,327,486.64 to $1,173,193.13.
The town was able to keep the rate constant because while the retirement contributions have increased by 10 percent, worker’s compensation premiums have decreased thanks to no new claims being filed and older claims being exhausted. Also, the town’s assessments have increased.
The retirement contribution is now $101,000, up from $91,000. The worker’s compensation premium has dropped from $57,259 to $52,823. The fire company’s compensation premium has also dropped, from $36,279 to $33,533.
Water rates have remained constant, as have sewer rates in the Knowlesville Water District.
The adopted Town of Yates budget calls for $860,054 to be raised by taxes in 2014. This represents an increase of half a percent, or approximately $4,300.
For town residents outside the Village of Lyndonville the tax rate is $5.02. Those who live inside the village have a tax rate of $2.42 for 2014. This marks an increase of nine cents for village residents and two cents for town residents, respectively. The town’s fire rate went up by seven cents, which accounts for most of the village rate spike.
Water rates remain the same.
The majority of costs in the town budget are earmarked for pension funds and health insurance premiums. Some of the town’s fund balance is being used to minimize the tax increase.