The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

November 8, 2012

Shelby budget keeps taxes level

STAFF REPORTS
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — SHELBY — The Town of Shelby’s $2.5 million budget for 2013 will maintain tax rates for property owners in both the village and in the country.

Shelby Supervisor Skip Draper said the spending plan, which will be presented at a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, was assembled with alleviating the burden of an increased property tax off of town residents.

For Village of Medina residents, the town tax rate will remain at $3.34 per $1,000 in assessed property value; residents of the town outside the village will pay a tax rate of $5.97.

“It was difficult but we kept the rate the same,” said Draper, who noted that it will take collaborative efforts to reign in costs. “The more we work together, the easier it will be.”

There are local costs that were held at bay. Draper said that no new equipment purchases were budgeted for 2013, with additional savings coming from the conversion of some older health insurance policies. The town has budgeted $160,000 for medical insurance and $68,000 for state retirement costs.

Tax rates for special district are also kept in line, with the fire tax rate at $1.51. The lighting district rates for Shelby ($0.41) and Millville ($0.44) have actually gone down, which Draper said was due to the use of surplus funds from the past year.

Shelby’s expenditures rose by $63,453 from 2012, with revenues increasing slightly slower at $58,867. Draper said that $392,800 in unexpended funds from the 2012 budget will be carried over to 2013, leaving $1.1 million to be raised in taxes.

“It definitely helped to offset the tax rates.”

The town has published several salary figures for town officials. In 2013, Draper will receive $9,624; the town will also pay $4,259 for the town’s four council members; $20,400 for Justice Dawn Keppler; $28,683 for Town Clerk Darlene Rich; and $60,833 for Highway Superintendent Mike Fuller.