MINERVA - Supervisor Mike McSweeney has kept the tax increase in the town of Minerva to an average 2 percent per year over his four year term. Taxpayers will see a 2.17 percent increase under the 2010 budget.
The total tax levy included in the new budget is $1,400,310 with.
Due in part to an effort to conserve funds, no major projects have been included in the recently accepted budget. Minerva, however, endured a relatively smooth budget process this year despite the state-wide financial struggles.
"I think local towns will start to see the real effects of the current financial situation in the 2011 budget process," said McSweeney. "We were pretty fortunate this year."
Many accomplishments, however, have been recently completed, according the McSweeney. A new furnace was installed at the town hall, highway equipment improvements were made, town transportation upgrades were made, a water project was completed, and improvements at the town beach were finished.
Minerva is in the process of welcoming a cell tower to the town and reclassifying the Minerva Dam. Currently, the dam is classified as class C, which means that if it were to break, serious loss and even death could result.
"That's just not the case here in Minerva," said McSweeney. They plan to reclassify the dam to either a class A or B.