Sunday, November 7, 2010


Saturday's Buffalo News featured a story about the Royalton budget...

The preliminary budget of $5.74 million proposes a 7-cent increase in the tax rate to $3.16 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for town residents and a 10-cent decrease to $1.64 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for Village of Middleport residents.

It appears labor costs are a huge factor for the increase...

“Our contribution to the state retirement fund is up from the current $47,076 to $113,586, for example, and that’s a pretty big chunk of change,” Lang noted.

Pointing to other rising costs, the supervisor said the town’s contributions to Social Security, workers’ compensation, disability insurance and hospitalization increased $123,445 over the current figure for a total of $572,191 in the proposed budget.

He added that fire protection contracts will rise 3 percent, union employees will get a 3 percent raise and non-union employees and department heads will receive 2 percent raises.

Lang said he and the other Town Board members will not get pay raises.

Read the rest of the article online -- which discusses bridge repair and equipment -- at: