Village budget includes 1.5 percent tax hike

The village board of trustees approved a 1.5 percent tax increase as it ratified its 2013-14 budget on Monday.

The increase raises the tax rate from $17.87 per $1,000 of assessed value to $18.13 per $1,000. That means a taxpayer whose home is assessed for $100,000 will pay an additional $26 in village taxes. Some taxpayers may have to pay more than that because of a slight increase in assessments.

Village residents will also see a small increase in water and sewer rates, each of which will increase by 2 percent.

Mayor Peter Telisky said the 2 percent increase equates to approximately $7 per year.

He said the increase was necessary in light of a 2012 state audit that found water and sewer rates were not keeping pace with expenses.

Overall, the budget calls for $1,908,788 in appropriations, up from $1,843,033 last year; $176,978 in nontax revenue, and $90,000 from the appropriated fund balance, an increase of $10,000 from last year.

A public hearing on the budget was held last month but no one attended the meeting.

The budget was approved by a 4-0 vote during a brief meeting on Monday evening. Trustee Walt Sandford was absent.

Main Street properties

After more than a year, the village has finally removed the barricades from a portion of sidewalk in front of the old Chase building on Main Street.

The village was forced to put the barricades in place more than a year ago amid fears that bricks from the crumbling building would strike passersby.

In March the owner of the building, Flint Stone of Fort Ann, was arrested for failure to remedy violations as ordered by code enforcement officials. Several days later, the building was torn down.

Last week, village officials felt satisfied that it was safe enough to reopen the sidewalk and the owner of the building erected a construction fence to block the debris from view.

Stone could still face legal action from the county and could be subject to fines if the debris isn’t removed.

Telisky said the village and county continue to have difficulties with the owner of the flatiron building, which is in disrepair and has been surrounded by cement barricades since last year.

Officials believe the building is part of an estate and have not had any success in reaching out to the owner(s).

Village officials have been advised to serve everyone that is part of the estate.

Officials continue to reiterate that issues with the building need to be addressed and have not ruled out the possibility of removing the building themselves and recouping the cost in court.

Water Project

Water service was cut off for approximately 24 hours Sunday and Monday as a water project stretching from South Bay to Neddo Street was completed.

The shutoff necessitated a boil water notice until water samples were declared to be in compliance with allowable bacteria levels.

The project, which began earlier this year, resulted in the replacement of nearly 3,000 feet of water line.

Mowing bid

The board accepted a bid from North Country Snow and Ice Management to mow the Boardman Street Cemetery.

The board reviewed three separate bids and North Country submitted the lowest rates.

The Glens Falls-based company will receive $8,159.38 to complete 10 mowings.

The vote was approved by a 3-0 vote. Trustee Mike LaChapelle abstained.

Parking ban

The winter parking ban remains in effect through Wednesday, May 15.

The ban prohibits parking overnight on any village street and any municipal parking lot from mid-November through May 15.

The primary purpose of the ban is to make it easier for crews to clear roads in the winter. It remains in effect through early spring so streets can be swept.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on May 7.

 

 

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