Elizabethtown budget enters final planning stages

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— The town of Elizabethtown will host a final meeting before making the final trims to the 2013 budget.

Supervisor Margaret Bartley said that the town will hold a meeting with their insurance provider Friday, Oct. 26, to talk about policy options before making the final cuts.

“That will be when we make the final decision before we present a budget to the taxpayers,” Bartley said.

The public hearing for the proposed 2013 budget will be held Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the town hall, and Bartley said that she hoped to have copies available at least one week before.

“We should have copies available by Nov. 2 so people can come by and see it,” Bartley said.

Bartley said that the town is planning to come in under the state tax levy cap, which was set at 3.5 percent for Elizabethtown because they had a 6 percent decrease in the 2012 levy.

“We have some carryover available where we can recover some of that,” Bartley said. “We will still be below the 2010 levy and we plan to stay under that cap.”

Bartley said that the driving factors in the budget are the common ones for most towns: retirement, health care and fuel prices.

“We are looking at the small things as well, and that is why we are waiting for that meeting with the insurance company so we know everything that we are dealing with,” Bartley said. “But those are the three main areas.”

Salary wise, Bartley said that the town employees would receive a 2 percent increase in pay to offset rising insurance prices, while the town board would freeze their pay and Bartley would be taking a reduction in pay.

“ I feel that I am in a position where I can do that to help with these other costs,” Bartley said. “The board is going to keep their salaries the same and we are looking to help the employees with their insurance costs.”

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