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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
At last Thursday’s Town Board meeting the Town Board passed the final budget for 2014. This process took six months of the Town Board’s time to complete a good budget for the residents of Webster. The residents in the Village will see a three cents per thousand increase in taxes and residents outside of the village in the town will see a four cents per thousand increase for 2014.
No service cuts have been made to any service provided by the town and no layoffs were included in next year’s budget. The town stayed under the New York State imposed tax cap of two percent.
Now that the 2014 budget has been put to rest we will start now to look for ways to save money in the 2015 budget. I have all ready instructed Department Heads to watch their spending going forward to end the current 2013 budget. If you do not need it or if it is not broke then we can wait until 2014 to purchase it. The hope is that by doing this we may be able to put extra monies into the 2013 end of the year fund balance which could help us out in the 2014 budget year.
Already Town Clerk Barbara Ottenschot has brought to the Town Board’s attention a way to save money on our outgoing metered mail. By going private mail on mass mailings (i.e. assessment notices) we will be able to save around $30.00 on a mailing of over 500 letters. Now if we do this ten times a year we will be saving over $300.00 which while small is just an example of how the fourteen Department Heads here at Town Hall are all ways looking for ways to save your taxpayers’ dollars.
On behalf of the Town Board, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Webster residents for their input on the 2014 town budget and the good opinions that you have given to us over the course of the year. Believe me, no good idea is turned away, and we investigate each and every concern that you bring forward to the Town Board.
Now that the 2014 budget is final we will now turn out heads on finishing up 2013 on a positive note and get ready for a fantastic 2014.
As always, if you should you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt