Proposed Glenville budget decreases spending, levy, tax rate

Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle speaks at the Glenville Senior Center in Glenville on Feb. 24.

Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle speaks at the Glenville Senior Center in Glenville on Feb. 24.

Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle is proposing a 2022 budget that reduces residential taxes by 3% while using no funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to offset spending in the budget.

The proposed $19.2 million 2022 budget is just around $3,500 less than it was in 2021. The amount to be raised by taxes will decrease by 2.43%. Town property taxes will go to $4.35 per $1,000 of assessed value from $4.48 in 2021.
That means a typical home within the town is looking at a $27 property tax savings, Koetzle said in his budget. 

Board member Mike Godlewski said he was happy to see a tax cut happening and said it was something he and board member Mike Aragosa had been pushing for over the last several years. Godlewski said that since 2009 taxes had doubled for taxpayers. 

However, while he was happy to see the tax cut he questioned the timing. 

“It is suspicious for the supervisor to come in with a 3% tax cut during an election year,” he said. 

Koetzle is seeking re-election as supervisor against Aragosa. 

The criticisms, said Koetzle, are just “sour grapes.” 

“It’s unfortunate they’re going to drag politics into everything,” he said. 

The ability to lower taxes is something Koetzle said he’s been methodically working toward over the past 12 years. 

“It’s not just something that happens overnight,” he said. “I am blessed to have 12 years working toward a vision.” 

Godlewski said he wants to review the budget more to ensure the decrease in taxes doesn’t come with a cut in services. 

The budget also calls for funding to several areas. Some include: 

  • Adding one full-time parks employees and bringing the staff to 4.5 full-time employees
  • Adding a year-round, part-time senior center employee during the afternoons the center is open
  • Investing $100,000 in Legacy Park, a park honoring veterans and those currently serving in the military
  • Providing $60,000 in funding to continue restoring Yates Mansion, a historic home in Glenville

No ARPA funding was included in the budget. However, Koetzle said he plans to present four main areas where he would like to use the $2.2 million in federal funding. The town has received $1.1 million for this year and will get the other half next year. 

Those four areas are: 

  • Funding to fire districts. Koetzle said he’s requested proposals from departments already on how they would use the money. 
  • Funding to help small businesses that have lost revenue. 
  • Getting broadband into West Glenville. Koetzle said he’s in talks with Spectrum about how to make that work. 
  • Reconfiguring town hall and the police department to allow for more space and make operations more efficient, should another pandemic occur. 

A public hearing will be held Nov. 3 on the budget, with the board expected to vote on the proposal at its Nov. 17 meeting.

Adopted 2021 Proposed 2022 Percent Change
Total Spending  $19,153,236 $19,156,663  -0.02%
Tax Levy  $9,135,472  $9,362,694  -2.43%
Tax Rate Per $1,000 of Assessed Value  $4.48  $4.35  -3%

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