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Spending up, but still no property tax in Geneva town budget draft

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:02 am

GENEVA — The town’s preliminary 2013 budget shows a 10 percent spending increase but, as in past years, no townwide tax levy to support the general fund.

The town instead plans to use $235,885 in unexpended fund balance to fill the gap between expenses and revenues.

“The fund balance just comes out of what we have this year out of the budget, so we didn’t have to tap into any of our savings,” Supervisor Mary Luckern explained.

Town Board members have yet to weigh in on the budget. Luckern called a special meeting Friday to pass out copies, but only two board members attended, and they did not discuss the spending plan.

Luckern said she would set a date for a budget workshop with the full board when it meets Oct. 9.

The preliminary budget shows general-fund spending increasing from $942,000 to $1.46 million. Revenues are projected at $811,000.

Luckern said the town increased the amount budgeted for its attorney and for outside counsel. In addition, retirement and health insurance costs rose, and Luckern wants to put aside $20,000 for work on the highway department’s parking lot.

“If we keep letting it go, it’s just going to get worse and worse and worse,” she said.

Luckern said she remains committed to avoiding a townwide property tax levy, and she thinks the rest of the board does, too.

She’s pleased with the budget so far.

“It was very difficult to work on it, but I have to give a lot of credit both to Wanda High, who is my bookkeeper, and Paul Wager, who is a consultant,” Luckern said. “I feel very comfortable with it.

The preliminary budget shows highway fund appropriations of $781,131.

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