BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — TOWN OF LOCKPORT –– The Town of Lockport has a $14.3 million budget in place for 2013, following approval of the spending plan Wednesday night.
The budget features a spending increase of 2.46 percent or $345,699 and would require $5.5 million in taxes, roughly $51,455 or .933 percent increase from 2012. In the budget, Town of Lockport homeowners, for a home assessed at $100,000, would pay on average $695.92, an average decrease of $6.42 from 2012.
“The board worked very hard to make this as much a zero change budget as possible,” said Supervisor Marc R. Smith.
In the Carlisle Gardens and Lincoln Village subdivisions, where the average assessment is $110,000, the average tax bill would fall by about $7. In Lincoln Village, with its average assessment of $70,000, the tax bill would decrease on average by $4.50.
For the town water district, which does not include Carlisle Gardens or Lincoln Village, there will be a 23.74 percent increase in the water tax levy. But the increase in taxes is offset by the use of sales tax revenue in the town’s fire protection district budget lines. That reduced the fire district taxes by over 10 percent.
The budget carries a 2 percent salary increase for elected officials. Smith’s new salary would be $50,245, while the four councilmen would be paid $9,664 each, with the member chosen as deputy supervisor earning twice that. Town Clerk Nancy A. Brooks would be paid $49,813; Highway Superintendent David J. Miller $61,379; and Justices Raymond E. Schilling and Leonard G. Tilney Jr. $25,699 each.
Public hearings were held on the budget, special district taxes and fire contracts, prior to the Town Board vote Wednesday. None of the hearings drew a single speaker.
In other town news, the Town Board introduced a new local law that would amend the town code concerning mining.
Currently under section 200 of the code, mining is prohibited anywhere in the town, unless allowed by a special use permit. The prohibition was put in place around 2005, when the town code was updated, Attorney Daniel Seaman said.
The change would allow for mining along the north side of Hinman Road, about 300 feet toward an existing quarry. Under Department of Environmental Conservation regulations, mining would be allowed up to 140 feet within a highway.
A public hearing on the code change will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at the town hall on Dysinger Road.
• Councilman Paul W. Siejak said the final brush pick up of the season will take place this month. For residents who live north of either Hinman Road or Lincoln Avenue, pick up will take place Nov. 19. For those who live south of either Hinman or Lincoln, pick up will occur Nov. 26.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.