Tupper Lake village begins budget process

Trustees face initial tax levy increase of 28 percent

The Tupper Lake Village Board.

The Tupper Lake Village Board. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— During the annual budget hearing on Friday, April 13, Village Board members passed a local law giving them approval to raise the tax levy above 2 percent.

“Because we’re putting it (the local law) into place doesn’t mean we’re going to (exceed a 2 percent increase),” Trustee Chip Perham said at the April 16 meeting.

The proposed spending plan is up 9.9 percent to $2,627,109.50, and the proposed tax levy is up about 28 percent to $2,099,066.50.

“We’ll be making some cuts,” Maroun said. “I really don’t know how it’s going to shake out yet.”

When the mayor asked trustees if they had anything else to add about the budget process, Trustee Leon LeBlanc said, “Sharpen your pencils.”

The Village Board planned a budget work session for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 with department managers, including the department of public works, police department, water/wastewater department and electric department. A date had not been set to discuss the fire department budget by press time.

A special meeting will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 to adopt the 2012-13 village budget.

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