New Windsor budget OK'd after 3-minute hearing

Taxes won't be raised

$37,000 surplus expected

April 23, 1999|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

Suppose the New Windsor town council held a budget hearing and nobody came.

That's what happened last night. Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. opened and closed the hearing in three minutes.

With no objections from the public or from the four council members present, Gullo said he would present the proposed fiscal-year 2000 budget for approval when the council meets May 5.

That proposal shows that the town -- without raising taxes -- expects to increase its revenue by 20 percent next year and have a $37,000 surplus that will be reserved for capital improvements, such as water and sewer upgrades and Main Street revitalization.

The increased revenue is one of the benefits of development; new homes mean new property taxpayers. Real property taxes are expected to go up 13 percent, according to the budget.

Also to be added to town coffers is a $30,000 increase in state highway funds, up from $28,000 this year because of the state surplus and a change in the formula for distributing funds, said New Windsor's chief of staff, Ragen L. Cherney.

If approved, the proposed budget, with projected revenues of $316,432 and projected expenditures of $279,325, would go into effect July 1. The property tax rate of 40 cents per $100 of assessed value is unchanged from last year.

The largest anticipated expenditure -- $109,800 -- is for public works, including $45,000 for trash collection, $23,000 for operating street lights and $3,000 for snow removal. The public works total is $6,000 higher than in this year's budget.

The other large category of expenses is the executive department -- $79,200 -- which includes salaries for the mayor, the full-time chief of staff and a part-time clerk; $9,000 for conferences fees; and $5,000 for professional training.

Property tax revenues are expected to grow from $95,000 this year to $108,000 next year.

The water and sewer revenues are in a separate "enterprise fund" that totals more than $115,000 this year and is expected to grow to $148,700 next year, as increases are expected in use and occupancy fees and sewer receipts.

Pub Date: 4/23/99

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