Following a public hearing, the village of Port Byron unanimously voted to approve the proposed budget of $803,571 for the June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 fiscal year during a regular meeting on Monday.
The proposed budget’s total appropriations are $34,341 higher than last year’s budget of $769,230. The amount of the budget to be raised by taxes for 2018-2019 is $313,266, up from last year’s tax levy of $300,766, with a plan to override the state-imposed tax cap. The salary for Mayor Ronald Wilson, $5,000, and the salaries for each of the four trustees, $2,000, remains unchanged.
In response to a resident’s question of if his taxes were going to increase or not, Wilson said “possibly.”
“The tax levy, which is the term for the amount being collected by taxes is … going up not quite $13,000,” Wilson said. He added that the main reason for that increase was a last minute addition to the budget, due to “another one of the State’s unfunded mandates,” which says the village needs to provide “disability insurance … for individuals that are in the volunteer fire departments, for cancer.”