BLOOMINGDALE - The St. Armand town board has scheduled a public hearing on the $1.6 million preliminary town budget for 2013.
The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the St. Armand Town Hall in Bloomingdale. It will be held 30 minutes after the start of the board's regular monthly meeting, according to town Budget Officer Mike Kilroy.
There have been few changes since Kilroy filed the tentative budget last month. Among other things, he said the town board has settled on 1.7 percent salary increases for all of its employees. Supervisor Joyce Morency would also get a 1.7 percent pay hike, although the rest of the board wouldn't see any increases to their stipends.
Kilroy also said the board added a new, $2,500 line item to the budget to pay for creation of a town website and the purchase of computer equipment.
The previous version of the budget would have raised the town's tax levy by 2.8 percent, or $19,422, from $680,524 to $699,946. That would have put the town's levy above the state's 2 percent cap, but Kilroy said this week the town's final budget will come in under the cap.
When it was filed in October, the tentative budget included $1,599,881 in spending, a decrease of 1 percent, or $16,607, compared to this year's $1,616,488 budget.