Town of Amsterdam sets budget hearing

AMSTERDAM?- There is still no town property tax in the town’s proposed budget for 2014, Supervisor Thomas DiMezza said recently.

“The only tax [in the town] is the fire-protection tax,” DiMezza said. “Each fire district has its own fire-protection tax, they tax for the property, so basically people are paying for use of the volunteer [firefighters.]”

The fire protection costs will increase to $832,000, which is about a $10,000 increase from the 2013 budget.

The proposed district costs are:

Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Department?- $247,650;

Tribes Hill Volunteer Fire Department – $40,135;

Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department?- $184,950;

Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department?- $359,987.

DiMezza said the total projected spending in the proposed budget is a little more than $4 million, which is an increase from this year’s $3.9 million.

“The only increase comes from readjusting some figures in the water and sewer budgets to basically conform with what we’re taking in and what we’re paying out,” he said.

DiMezza said there are no job cuts in the proposed budget.

Last year, the Town?Board considered a proposal to impose a new highway tax, which would have raised about $275,000 to be applied toward the highway fund.

However, the Town?Board rejected that proposal last year.

DiMezza said a highway tax is not proposed for 2014.

Public hearings for the town’s fire protection services start at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a public hearing about the proposed budget at 6:50 p.m., then the Town Board is scheduled to vote on the budget at 7 p.m.