Niagara Gazette

Local News

October 23, 2013

Budget hearing scheduled in Wheatfield

Niagara Gazette — TOWN OF WHEATFIELD - Residents will get their chance to comment on the town's preliminary 2014 budget during a hearing early next month.

Earlier this week, members of the town board made some minor adjustments to Supervisor Robert Cliffe's tentative spending plan before setting a public hearing date on the proposal for 7 p.m., Nov. 6, at town hall, 2800 Church Road. 

The spending plan calls for an overall reduction in town taxes and would abolish the highway tax, an effort town officials have been working on for several years. Spending is expected to rise by about $400,000, from $12.05 million in 2013 to $12.45 million next year. 

Minor changes authorized by the town board on Tuesday trimmed spending in the general fund by $9,797 and cut another $20,243 out of the sewer fund, while reducing revenue estimates by a total of $9,797. The moves would result in the tax levy being lowered in 2014 by $176,432, or 4.83 percent. 

The final numbers were not immediately available Tuesday, but it is expected the owner of a home assessed at $125,000 would save around $30 in town taxes next year if the revised budget is adopted by the town board next month. 

Cliffe said the spending plan as it stands now meets the town's needs amid rising costs. 

"It's basically maintaining of the services we've had," Cliffe said. 

The preliminary budget reflecting this week's adjustments is expected to be made available to the town board and for review by the general public next week. Cliffe said the town has until midnight on Nov. 20 to adopt a final 2014 budget, otherwise the numbers contained in the the preliminary budget would stand for next year. He said the board may adopt the budget following the public hearing on Nov. 6, although he said the preliminary spending plan is still subject to change based on any sound recommendations made by either town officials or residents in the coming days. 

"If anybody has any ideas for changes, we could do it," Cliffe said. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results