Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE -- The Indian Lake Town Board has adopted a budget for 2014 that comes in $18,687 under the state-imposed cap on any increase to the tax levy.
No one from the public was present to offer comment on the budget during a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Supervisor Brian Wells commented, “We didn’t need a local law to override the tax levy this year, but we might need to do one next year. We have cut to the bone. Anything more will require cutting services and/or employees.”
Appropriations total $4,387,645. Subtracting total estimated revenues of $640,212 and $83,475 in fund balances applied to reduce taxes leaves $3,663,958 to be raised by taxes, which is under the cap by $18,687 or 0.552 percent.
The approved budget shows an estimated town-wide tax rate of $4.0643 per $1,000 of assessed value, up $0.279 from the $3.7848 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2013.
‘NO SMOKING’ SIGNS
The town board has been saying ‘yes’ and then ‘no’ regarding a NYS Public Health Law which would require "No Smoking" signs to be placed at the Byron Park playground, the Chain Lakes beach playground and the Blue Mt. Lake recreation area on Durant Road.
At this night’s meeting, the board decided to comply with the law, which prohibits smoking in areas where children are at play. Free signs from the NYS Department of Health will be put up by spring.
The board approved entering into a contract with Clough, Harbour & Associates, Albany, for the engineering firm to subcontract with a professional diver to inspect the sluice gate at Lake Adirondack Dam off Rt. 28 and the Lake Abanakee Dam off Chain Lakes Road, an earthen embankment dam classified as a small, High Hazard, Class "C" structure.
CHA will be on site during the dives. It will also review the cost estimates for possible repair or replacement. CHA will receive a lump sum of $6,900 for these services.
The cost of repairs for both dams could easily exceed a half a million dollars, because a number of years ago an estimate of $245,000 was given just to repair the sluice gate on the Lake Abanakee Dam.
In a related matter, Jon Voorhees suggested this would be a good time to authorize him to research the feasibility of creating hydropower-generating capacity at the Lake Abanakee Dam and make the installation of a hydro generator part of an effort to obtain grants for repairing the dam.
Supervisor Brian Wells agreed and offered to work with Voorhees to draft a resolution for the board’s December meeting.
Voorhees also suggested this might be a good time for the county to come up with a countywide local law to prevent aquatic invasive plants from entering county lakes.
Voorhees said he is concerned because of plans Lake George has to combat invasives by requiring boats to be inspected and cleaned before entering the lake, which might result in some boaters avoiding the cost and “hassle” of inspections in Lake George by coming to lakes here with “dirty” boats.
Voorhees said, “It’s cheaper to keep the invasives out than to try to get them out once they are in.”
Wells said he would speak with the other town supervisors about the idea.
-- The board accepted the resignation of Justice Thomas Atwell, effective immediately, and will now set up interviews to make an appointment.
-- The board passed a resolution in support of those taking EMT training in Blue Mt. Lake and Lake Pleasant by contributing $700 to the cost of providing meals for them.
Meals are provided on-site and purchased from a variety of local establishments because of the early start of the evening classes that extend well into the night. Other towns are also contributing.
The next regular town board meeting will be Monday, Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
2014 BUDGET DETAILS
The GENERAL FUND shows appropriations of $1,664,957 and estimated revenues of $200,900, less $30,000 from fund balance leaving $1,434,057 to be raised by taxes, down $1,374 from the 2013 adopted budget or a 0.96 percent decrease.
The HIGHWAY FUND shows appropriations of $907,956 and estimated revenues of $100,080, leaving $807,876 to be raised by taxes, up $104,584 from 2013 or 114.871 percent.
The LIBRARY FUND shows appropriations of $172,510 and estimated revenues of $6,725, leaving $165,785 to be raised by taxes, up $8,358 or 5.309 percent.
The LANDFILL FUND shows appropriations of $186,815 and estimated revenues of $5,489, leaving $181,326 to be raised by taxes, up $4,780 or 2.708 percent.
BML WATER DISTRICT 1 shows appropriations of $181,637 and estimated revenues of $15,090, leaving $166,547 to be raised by taxes. This is down $28,628 or 14.668 percent.
IL WATER DISTRICT 2 shows appropriations of $299,899 and estimated revenues of $36,725, leaving $263,174 to be raised by taxes. This is up $3,343 or 1.287 percent.
IL SEWER DISTRICT shows appropriations of $170,661 and estimated revenues of $13,520, leaving $157,141 to be raised by taxes. This is down $5,281 or 3.251 percent.
WEED DISTRICT shows appropriations of $13,720 and estimated revenues of $3,000, leaving $10,720 to be raised by taxes, the same as this year.
IL AMBULANCE shows appropriations of $348,377, estimated revenues of $129,120 and $41,000 from fund balance, leaving $178,257 to be raised by taxes. This is up $2,125 or 1.206 percent.
IL FIRE DISTRICT shows appropriations of $215,125 to be raised by taxes. This is up $2,300 or 1.081 percent.
BML FIRE DISTRICT (includes ambulance) shows appropriations of $84,550 and $600 in estimated revenues, resulting in $83,950 to be raised by taxes. This up $1,096 or 1.323 percent.