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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 9:55 am

SENECA FALLS — Property owners should not see an increase in their 2013 town taxes ... unless their assessment increased.

Supervisor Don Earle will present a tentative budget at tonight’s meeting. Then, three budget workshops and a public hearing will be scheduled before a final budget is adopted.

“It looks positive,” Earle said Monday. “It doesn’t look like tax rates will go up.”

This will be Earle’s first budget since taking office in January.

He said the general fund tax rate will remain at $2.35 per $1,000 of assessed value. The highway tax of $1.61 per $1,000 should also be offered next year.

Property owners in the former village will pay a debt district tax rate of 61 cents per $1,000, down a penny from this year. Those outside the former village will again pay 5 cents per $1,000 for the debt district.

Other taxes and fees that Earle said should be similar to this year are the fire protection rate, of 99 cents per $1,000; and the refuse collection fee, which is a flat fee of $68 per household.

Earle said he’s still working on water and sewer rates but anticipates they also will hold the line.

The tentative budget includes $2.8 million in revenue from Seneca Meadows Landfill under terms of its host community benefits agreement. That calls for the landfill to provide the town with 5 percent of its gross annual revenues.

“We will also be getting additional revenue from the landfill for treatment if its pre-treated leachate,” Earle said.

In another matter, one of the five people who’ve asked to address the board is Dana Allen. He will ask the board to consider leasing office space in Academy Square, the former Mynderse Academy on North Park Street, at a lower rate than it now pays to lease in the former St. Patrick’s School.

In other agenda items:

• PETITIONERS: In addition to Allen, other people asking to address the board and their topics are Penny Lincoln on parking issues, Gail Fletcher on the cleanup of Sampson Creek, Jane Lischak on water and sewer rates and Stanley Praszkowitz on town finances.

• AUDIT: Karl Hagen from the Bonadio Group will speak on the draft town audit for 2011.

• CREDIT RATING: The board will discuss whether to take the steps needed to obtain a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s or some other rating agency. The town may need the rating if it borrows in the future.

• APPOINTMENT: The board will consider a recommendation to hire Daniel Jacobson as a part-time police officer.

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