Ti board trims 2009 taxes

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga town board has trimmed the 2009 town budget.

The final, adopted 2009 spending plan, calls for an 8 percent increase in local taxes.

The tentative 2009 town budget called for a 25 percent tax increase. That was cut to 14 percent in the preliminary budget that went to the public hearing last month.

Following that hearing the Ti board made further cuts to reach the final 2009 budget figures.

The 2009 budget totals $4,854,196. That's a 3 percent decrease from the 2008 spending plan of $ 5,017,487.

The amount to be raised by local property taxes in the 2009 budget is $3,778,245. That's a 8 percent increase from the current tax levy of $3,508,344.

Taxpayers in the Ticonderoga Fire District will see an increase of 66 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, from $8.72.

Property owners in the Chilson Fire District will see a $1.11 increase, from $8.78.

The budget includes $2.9 million for the general fund, a decrease of $106,600 (3 percent) from the previous $3.04 million.

The highway budget of $1.6 million is a decrease of $85,890 (5 percent) from the current $1.7 million.

The Ticonderoga Fire District budget for 2009 is $257,150, an increase of $12,300 (5 percent) from this year.

The Chilson Fire District budget is $39,400, an increase of $16,900 (11 percent) from 2008.

The town has no control over fire-district budgets, which are set by an elected Board of Fire Commissioners and placed in the town budget.

The 2009 budget also includes increased expenses for health insurance, contractual salaries, road salt and fuel.

While overall spending is down in Ticonderoga, Supervisor Bob Dedrick noted revenues are also. The town is facing loss of investment revenue and a declining fund balance, Dedrick said.

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