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LP might override tax cap in 2015

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Updated: 8:57 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- Last year the Lake Pleasant Town Board adopted a budget with a tax levy $7,215 higher than 2013's, an increase of about one-third of one percent, or about 1.3 percent below the state-imposed cap of 1.66 percent.

But this year, with a cap estimated at 1.56 percent for the 2015 budget, Supervisor Neil McGovern warned the board Monday, Aug. 18, it might need to exceed the cap. "We will probably need to pass a resolution to exceed the cap, just in case," he said.

The 2014 budget has total appropriations of $2,498,724. Once estimated revenues of $347,636 and $160,000 in fund balance were applied to reduce taxes, the tax levy was $1,991,088.

The steady drain on fund balances and fixed expenses rising faster than the tax cap is worrying town boards and school boards both as they begin to look at drafting budgets for 2015 and beyond.

HIGHWAY

Superintendent of Highways Randy La Varnway reported the Page Street paving is done and his crew is busy installing insulation under the roof at the highway garage. He expects the work to be completed sometime this week.

He also advised the board that due to a bear repeatedly breaking into the dumpster on town property the dumpster has been removed.

An 18-year-old chainsaw will soon be retired. La Varnway asked for and received permission to purchase a new Husqvarna chainsaw from Village Motorsports for $483, $37 lower than the quote of $520 from Sacandaga Outdoor Equipment, Northville.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- McGovern reported Attorney Michael Sterthous of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Albany, is reviewing the settlement agreement / consent order with the state Department of Environmental Conservation resulting from an antifreeze spill at the school bus garage on town property about five years ago.

McGovern said once the DEC agrees with some minor changes Sterthous is suggesting, he and Lake Pleasant Central School District Superintendent Ernest Virgil are prepared to sign the agreement and pay the fine of $6,000. "I hope we can finish this before Ernie retires," McGovern said.

-- McGovern reported Grace United Methodist Church, Speculator, has been designated as an historic building.

The next meeting of the Lake Pleasant Town Board is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1, starting at 5 p.m. in Town Hall.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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