Tupper Lake budget numbers out PDF Print E-mail
Written by KIM SMITH DEDAM, Staff Writer   
Thursday, April 12, 2007

TUPPER LAKE — Village trustees are proposing a $2.2 million spending plan for 2007-08, with a tax levy of $1.8 million — up $96,000 over last year.
The tax levy — the amount to be raised by taxes — will increase 5.36 percent.
The added costs to taxpayers are primarily due to contract raises for village employees.
Mayor Mickey Desmarais said the Village Board is still looking for ways to reduce costs by sharing services with the town this summer.
But employee benefits, especially the cost of retirement funds, created much of the increase.
Workers' compensation costs are up 11.4 percent.
"A good portion of the $96,000 pertains to retirement and workers' compensation benefits," said Village Clerk Mary Casagrain.
The Village of Tupper Lake shares workers' compensation costs with Franklin County, based on property assessments.
This year, the equation shifted slightly to put more of the overall cost onto the village in the first part of a two-year restructuring process.
Village employees, including those in the electric, water and sewer department, are part of a self-insured program through Franklin County.
By changing health-insurance programs this year, rates dropped slightly, Casagrain said.
Property totals in the Village of Tupper Lake jumped just over $100 million for 2007-08, up 3.8 percent from last year.
And an $80,000 increase from the Town of Tupper Lake in fire-equalization rates helped keep the tax rate fairly steady.
The tax rate proposed in the budget is $17.89 per $1,000 of assessed value, 65 cents per thousand more than last year.
Village trustees plan to adopt the budget at a meeting on May 1, when the water-sewer levy is set.
Discussions with the union for sharing highway personnel with the town are under way, Casagrain said.



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