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TL village trustees expect tax increase

The Tupper Lake Village Board of Trustees is expecting a tax increase for next year.

Village officials released their summary of the 2011-2012 budget at a special meeting Wednesday night. The spending plan feature a tax rate increase of 7.29 percent.

Total spending is projected to increase by four-and-a-half percent, or nearly $110,000.

Mayor Mickey Desmarais cited rising employee pension costs of more than $50,000 and engineering costs for a new fire department garage of more than $60,000 as the driving factors behind the increases.

He also pointed to replacement costs for a new patrol car for the police department and new equipment for the Department of Public Works.

Desmarais said recovering from a long winter would also cost money, as DPW will have their hands full repairing sidewalks and streets this spring.

The spending increases come even though village employees in every department are expected to freeze their pay. Desmarais said employees agreed to the concessions in light of the difficult economy.

Desmarais promised he would work to reduce some budget items, but he said a modest tax increase would be likely for next year's budget.

A budget hearing will be held at the village offices at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

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