Ticonderoga has adopted a $5.5 million town budget for 2013 that meets the state’s 2 percent tax cap.
continued The community beautification budget will increase from $45,631 to $67,906 next year to cover an additional staff person for buildings and grounds and some special projects.
The Ticonderoga Fire District tax levy, which is determined by the board of fire commissioners and submitted to the town board for inclusion in the budget, is $345,680 is up 6.8 percent, or about $22,090, and exceeded the state cap. Commissioners voted to override the state tax cap.
The Chilson Fire District stayed within the cap at a levy of $44,758.
Water and sewer fees in 2013 will increase $10 a year.
The 2013 budget also includes 2 percent pay increased for all town employees and elected officials. It’s the first pay hike in three years for Ti’s workers.
There are no personnel cuts in the spending plan.
“We’re well-positioned for 2013 because of actions taken in earlier years,” Malaney said. “We offered an early retirement package last year and we’re downsizing employees through attrition. We’ve also made other cuts that have saved money.”