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Village of Adams passes 2013-14 budget

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ADAMS — Village residents will see their tax rate increase 6 percent after the Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved the 2013-14 budget.

The tax rate will be $7.10 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $6.68 per $1,000 the year before. A house valued at $50,000 will be taxed $355, up from $334 at the previous rate.

The increased rate is linked to an expansion of Adams Fire Department’s fire hall.

On Thursday, Mayor Patricia C. Sweetland said the tax rate likely would stay the same for the next few years. She has previously said that she hoped the tax increase would be viewed in terms of how many more dollars residents would pay on their bills, and not the percentage of increase.

“They’re always too high if they’re more than zero,” Ms. Sweetland said. “If you’re going to provide services, it’s going to have a cost.”

Though the budget had enough to cover building costs of about $1 million without raising taxes, the board deemed the jump to a $1.5 million projection necessary as questions lingered about the amount of work still needed. The current $1,019,500 estimate does not include paving work or site preparation.

Ms. Sweetland said waiting another year to fund the project wasn’t feasible because of safety concerns with fitting the Fire Department’s equipment and vehicles into its current space.

General fund expenditures will increase 6.3 percent, from $1,088,621 to $1,157,652. The village’s levy will be $551,179, up 6.7 percent from last year’s levy of $516,728. The combined base water rate and debt service charges will remain the same as last year, $55.33 per quarter. The base sewer rate also will remain the same, $67.80 per quarter, but residents will pay $4.50 per thousand gallons of water used after 8,000 gallons, up from last year’s charge of $4.30.

On Monday, the village also created a committee to review a proposal from Michael A. Treanor, owner of Pinehurst Apartments, to replace the playground at the site in exchange for an unspecified payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the building he restored in 2006.

The members of the committee are Trustees Keith S. Perry, Philip F. Chatterton and Todd M. Race and Adams town Supervisor David W. Kellogg.

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