HEUVELTON - The town of Oswegatchies Board on Monday adopted a $2,182,201 budget for 2013 with decreased property tax rate.
Following a public hearing attended by no one, the board voted 4-0 in favor of the spending plan which carries with it a $2.59 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
This years budget is $2,129,534 with a tax rate of $3.05 per $1,000.
The new budget has a tax levy of $581,237, up about $1,400 from this years $579,842.
The towns taxable value rose from $223,767,278 from this years $189,755,568 owing to last spring and summers assessment revaluation.
That was a significant jump, said William E. Dashnaw, the towns budget officer.
The town also managed to stay under the state-imposed 2 percent cap on property tax increases.
In other budget highlights, the town set up a reserve account with $100,000 from a $135,000 highway department equipment account to go toward buying a truck for the department.
Another $100,000 could be added in 2014.
Also, snow removal will stay at $180,000.
The towns yearly contracts to provide fire protection to Heuvelton and Morristown will cost, respectively, $106,138 and $17,500.
The town will continue to receive the same 2013 allocation of $135,180 from the states Consolidated Highway Improvement Program. Fees and charges for permits, licenses and services are expected to raise $118,100 for the next year, an increase from $115,300 in 2012.
Voting in favor of the budget were Supervisor Alfred Bud Nichols and councilors Lillian O. LaRose, Kenneth Wilson and Michael Stoner. Councilor Bruce O. LaRose was absent.