The Town of Peru’s Preliminary Budget for 2012 is ready for public scrutiny and the town’s tax levy is well below the 2 percent cap. Tax levies for Town General, Town Highway remained the same as the 2011 levy. The Town Sere tax levy increased by 2 percent due to increased NYS Retirement and employee health insurance costs, but did meet the tax cap requirement of no more than 2 percent. The Valcour Sewer District tax levy decreased from last year due to the retirement of a bond that was secured to pay for much-needed repair/upgrade work in that district. The Peru Water District tax levy decreased due to an upcoming bond retirement which will occur after next year begins. The 2012 budget includes a 1.5 percent cost of living raised for town employees, both elected and appointed.
The 2012 town budget tax levy is a direct result of the hard work of the town board, Brandy McDonald, Kregg Bruno, Sue Polhemus and Jim Douglass and all of the department heads and staff of the town. I would like to thank them for the time and energy they all spent in producing a budget that still provides the high level of services that town residents have come to expect. Throughout the process, they made sound economic decisions that allowed us to absorb increased mandated costs with little effect upon the taxpayer. I also would like to express my appreciation for the hard work of all town employees throughout this past year, a year that sometimes strained our ability to accomplish what was needed on behalf of the town’s residents. Your efforts are greatly appreciated