Express News Staff
INLET - Town of Inlet Supervisor John Frey says he intends to make certain the budget for 2014 comes in at or below the state-imposed 1.66 percent limit on any increase in the tax levy.
The Town of Inlet Tentative Budget for 2014 bears this out, with an estimated tax rate increase of $0.09 per $1,000 of assessed value, rising from $5.45 per $1,000 in 2013 to $5.54 per $1,000 in 2014, an increase of 1.65 percent.
The Inlet Town Board was given copies of the tentative budget Tuesday, Oct. 8.
It shows General Fund estimated expenditures rising from $1,162,776 in 2013 to $1,184,225 in 2014, an increase of $21,449 or 1.84 percent.
The Highway Department Fund shows an increase of $4,106 or 1.62 percent, from $252,160 in 2013 to $256,266 in 2014.
The Fire / Ambulance contract is scheduled to increase from $111,030 in 2013 to $113,030 in 2014, up $2,000 or 1.8 percent.
Workshops on the budget are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 15, starting at 3 p.m. in Town Hall, with further workshops to be scheduled as needed.
Superintendent of Highways Shawn Hansen reported about 800 feet of sidewalk was replaced this past summer, and planned paving of roads and parking lots has been completed with help from Hamilton County and the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake.
The transfer station will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting Nov. 4.
Several letters have been received thanking employees at the transfer station for their courteous and efficient work, but, Hansen said, some people have been abusive toward transfer station employees.
Frey said he knows who the offenders are and will warn them they could be banned from going to the transfer station for a period of time if they can't behave themselves.
Hansen reported the transfer station is currently not accepting tires, and will not, until a new vendor for them is found.
Sisters Mary Lou Arps and Kathy Tortorello, owners of The Birches motel, were present to seek relief from being billed $2,457 for 2012 before being hooked up to the sewer treatment plant.
Connecting The Birches to the plant is planned to start Oct. 15 and be completed this month. The sisters did agree to and have already paid $2,357 for 2013.
After some discussion, the board agreed to forgo the 2012 bill and only charge $176 for being an unconnected property within the sewer district in 2012, the same amount charged The Woods Inn, which is in the district but has not expressed a desire to be hooked up to the system.
The board supports the passage of three ballot proposals slated for the Nov. 5 General Election, one of which is extremely important to the property owners in the hamlet of Raquette Lake.
The propositions the board supported by resolution include Proposal 3 - Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities, Proposal 4 - Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve (Raquette Lake), and Proposal 5 - In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest.
The Town Board will next meet Tuesday, Nov. 12, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.