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Posted on December 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
After many months of planning and discussions, in a special meeting on December 7th the Webster Town Board approved the 2012 Town Budget with a 5 to 0 vote. There will not be a tax increase in 2012 as described in the final budget numbers, but that did not come without some pain felt within the Webster town work force. Two highway workers who retired will not be replaced, two employees working at town hall where laid off, and the two community police officers where reassigned back to the road patrol beginning January 1, 2012. The Library lost $ 50,000.00 to their budget, the Board of Trustee’s decided to cut back on some hours, and library employees will not be getting a cola increase this year. These where all very difficult decisions for the town board but we needed to balance the budget and felt residents did not want or afford more in taxes in 2012 from the town. The town tax rate will stay at $ 4.33 per thousand and the sewer rate will also remain at $162.50 for 2012. The Village tax rate for town taxes will decrease again seven cents to $3.68 per thousand. The Webster town budget for 2012 has an overall increase in expenses of .55% or $ 110,485.00 dollars and the amount to be raised by taxes (levy) is up .64% The towns credit rating with Standard and Poor’s of Double AA is a true indication of the effort being put forth by the Town Board, all department heads, and the employees of the town to maintain the lowest levels of debts possible along with providing all the best services possible to town residents. All employees and staff are dedicated in 2012 to work within the budget put forth by the Town Board and to continually look out for ways to reduce and save money for town residents. While the ink is not yet dry on the 2012 town budget, the town board is already underway looking at ways to reduce spending in the 2013 budget cycle. However, as I look into the future I can tell you that the town needs are getting greater each year to continue to provide adequate services to our residents. Further cuts to the bare boned staff we presently have would definitely impact services to you, our residents. Five years is a long time to go with out a tax increase and to continue to provide services necessary as costs continue to increase. The town board will make every effort to control spending in the future and will have at its goal a no tax increase policy. However, goals sometimes cannot be met and we as a community will have these budget discussions again about one year from now as budget numbers become available again for 2013. If you have any questions about your town government please contact me during regular business hours at (585)872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ronald W. Nesbitt Webster Town Supervisor