Dannemora budget ready for vote PDF Print E-mail
Written by SUE BOTSFORD, Contributing Writer   
Wednesday, April 04, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — Village of Dannemora residents will see about a 4-percent increase in the tax levy under the proposed budget.
Mayor Michael Bennett said the amount to be raised by taxes is $153,768, up about $6,065.
The tax rate will actually decrease.
Taxpayers in the Town of Dannemora will see their rate drop 38 cents (7 percent), to $4.437 per $1,000 of assessed value.
On the Town of Saranac side of the village, the decrease is 43 cents (9 percent) to $4.416 per $1,000 of assessed value.
Bennett said this is due, in part, to increases in assessments and increased revenue sharing.
Even with higher assessments, the average taxpayer will see only a couple of dollars more in taxes, he said.
The main reasons for increased expenditures are rising costs for fuel oil, gasoline, diesel and health care.
All employees and elected officials will receive 4-percent raises.
Included in the general fund is money for paving, rebuilding and replacing storm drains, purchase of a stretcher for the fire and EMS departments, purchase of a stainless-steel sander for the Public Works Department and sidewalks on the east side of Flagg Street from Bouck Street to Cook Street.
The proposed water-fund budget carries an increase of $25 per unit to $100 annually. Bennett says that is necessary to continue to rebuild the infrastructure, which is very old.
Also included is replacement of the water line on Pleasant Street and purchase of a pipeline tracer.
The proposed sewer-fund rate is $275 per unit, the same as it has been for many years.
Included in the sewer-fund budget is the replacement of manholes in various areas, buying a pickup truck, installing gates in the fence and engineering fees for an upgrade at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The public hearing on the budget is at 7 tonight at the Village Offices.



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