PERRYSBURG - The town of Perrysburg is seeing some increases in line items for the budget this coming year. Budget officer Cindy Lauer said the budget this year included increases for health insurance and retirement costs.
Health insurance increased $800 and retirement increased 3 percent. The total budget is $1,427,568 with the amount to be raised by taxes being $589,082 which is equal to the 2 percent tax cap.
"It was a big challenging this year," Lauer said in regards to keeping the budget under the cap.
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Budget officer Cindy Lauer explains the 2013 budget for the town.
Another change this year was workman's compensation had to be added into the budget. It was split into being added into the general fund and the highway fund. According to Lauer, about $75,000 is expected to come from New York state, 70 percent of which will go to reducing the amount of taxes. The town receives this money due to the consolidation of the village of Perrysburg last year. This money can be used toward the general fund and fire districts but not special districts.
"The money will continue to come as long as the state votes it in," Lauer said.
The town board approved the budget pending the state comptroller's approval.
In other business, Water Superintendent Robin Clark said the town is maintaining with the village wells
"Water quality seems better with the village wells," he said.
Engineer Jake Alianello suggested the town do not go out to bid for the water treatment plant until March. At the September meeting, the town discussed going out to bid and opening bids in December. Alianello warned if the town went out to bid, funding from the state may be delayed and potentially not available.
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