Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Wilson Town Board will have a public hearing on the proposed 2014 budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the town hall, 375 Lake St.
The budget calls for keeping taxes flat, according to Supervisor Joseph Jastrzemski. The fire incentive program is going up 2 cents a per thousand.
”Everything else is zero increase,” the supervisor said.
The budget appropriation is $3,341,868 and the estimated revenue is $2,033,571. The amount raised by property taxes is $1,164,351. The town has a fund balance of $144,000.
Retirement expenses are up 18 percent and health insurance is going up 8.5 percent. There is a 2 percent pay increase for town employees. The supervisor and board members will not get a raise.
• The board will enter an agreement with Sunnking Recycling of Lancaster after severing ties with RG Recycling of Rochester on Thursday.
According to to Jastrzemski, RG Recycling was going to charge 25 cents a pound for electronics. That would have cost the town $7,000 this year.
”They used to pay us, now they want to charge,” the supervisor said. “We shopped around and found a company that would take it at no cost ... We’re fortunate to enter into agreement with them.”
Sunnking will pay 2 cents a pound. Wilson conducts electronics recycling the first Saturday of the month.
• The town plans to finalize a 20-year agreement with Crown Castle to extend the lease on cell tower used by Verizon on town property.
• Jastrzemski noted that the town has been able to put money away for capital improvement for the highway garage and improve equipment.
“We’re not moving money out of the fund balance,” the supervisor said. “We continue to have a good fund balance.”