Residents are invited to speak out Wednesday on the town of Glenville’s proposed $18.5 million 2013 budget.
A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall on Glenridge Road.
The budget would carry a 3.55 percent tax levy increase, which is below the state-imposed cap. If the budget is adopted by the Town Board, Glenville residents with a home assessed at the average $173,000 would see their town property taxes increase by $21, to a total of $592. Scotia residents with a home assessed at the average $130,000 would see their taxes increase by nearly $3, to $110.
The appropriations include $3.6 million for general operations, $3.4 million for the Highway Department and $4.8 million for town operations outside the village. The rest of the budget is made up of special use funds, including water, sewer, fire and lighting districts.
Among the major cost increases are health insurance, which is up $180,000 or 10 percent, and pension contributions, which are up $300,000 or 15 percent.
The Town Board made few changes from Supervisor Chris Koetzle’s budget proposal. The plan would preserve services and make no layoffs.