TUPPER LAKE - The town's tax levy could increase by 3.8 percent next year, from $1,247,406 to $1,294,917, despite a decrease in overall spending. But there is still room for change.
Total spending for the town would be $1,951,583, down 2.2 percent from $1,995,982 spending in the current year.
Budget Officer Sandy Strader presented the tentative 2010 budget at a Thursday workshop with town board members. While board members found some room to cut expenditures, decreasing revenues, increasing employee costs, and the town property revaluation cancelled out any cuts.
Retirement and insurance costs are up, with state retirement costs nearly doubling from $20,000 to $36,000.
"We don't have any choice," Strader said. "It has hit everybody."
Strader said she is expecting far less in mortgage tax revenues than in the past. The town has only collected about $20,000 so far this year, when that number is usually at about $30,000 by this time in the year.
The tentative tax rate is $2.92 per $1,000 assessed property value for village residents, up 11 cents from 2009, and $4.08 for people living in the portion of the town outside of the village, up 12 cents.
Board members will chip away at the budget at the next workshop, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the town hall.