CAROGA - The Town Board adopted a budget for 2013 that will cut the property-tax rate by 31 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.
According to information provided by the town, the implied tax rate for 2012 was $7.23 per $1,000 of assessed property value, taking into account the fire, highway and general funds. The total tax rate for 2013 is $6.92, which includes a 88-cent fire tax.
The proposed budget for 2013 previously planned to reduce the property tax rate by 33 cents - to $6.90.
The total amount of the proposed budget is about $2.03 million. The total amount of the tax levy will be $839,292. In 2012, the total tax levy was $809,926.
The Town Board voted unanimously to override the 2 percent tax cap during the meeting Wednesday because of the increase in the tax levy.
Budget Director Lita Hillier said the town is required to send the state a detailed letter explaining that it decided to override the tax cap, but will not be penalized for doing it.
"We just have to let the state know we are overriding it," Hillier said. "There are no penalties or anything for overriding the cap."
Ottuso noted that the town's spending is down considerably from the previous year.
The Highway Department workers will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase, Hillier said.
The town budgeted part of the $10,000 that was budgeted for the Gateway Trail on a $5,000 reserve for a new weed harvester. The remaining $5,000 was added to the Capital Projects Fund toward buildings, for the plans to change the heat at the Municipal Office Building.
The Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course fell short of the town's income revenue expectations for last year, and revenue was reduced by $20,000 in the adopted budget.
Former Town Supervisor James K. Selmser said during the hearing he believes things will not get better in the future because when Walmart opens a supercenter in Gloversville and closes the Walmart in the town of Johnstown, sales tax revenue from Walmart for Caroga and other towns will drop.