Budget Hearing – Monday, November 28, 2016 – 6:30 pm – Linn Town Hall

 

Chairman Weiss called the hearing to order at 6:30 pm. There were six people in the audience.

 

Chairman Weiss introduced CPA Pat Romenesko who reviewed the 2017 proposed budget. The Town’s portion on the tax bill will remain the same at $1.42/thousand as it has been for the past two years. To balance the Board was looking for $35,000 more in revenue which was found in the property tax category. Miscellaneous category consists of the sale of Town property. The cash balances applied are from set aside money and most of the $715,000 is for the public works.

 

The increase in total expenditures is mainly due to $465,000 capital outlay for the building. The public safety increase is due to air packs for the fire department and police expenditures. Other appropriations consist of $295,000 put into set aside funds for highway, fire and police projects sometime in the future. $300,000 is for use in the contingency fund.

 

Romenesko and the Board then fielded questions:

Allan Polyock – Questions about the Administrator position: was told it would be part time, would oversee all of the departments, be a human resource project manager position

Allan questioned the need for 20 air packs. He felt nine should be sufficient. The Chief, Assistant Chiefs or tanker drivers would not need air packs. Alan was told there would be discussion later. The Capital Outlay is for the new public works building. Allan felt it is time to do away with the fire siren maintenance as no one can hear them anyway. With all the new technology they may not be needed. He stated $47,000 was a lot of money to spend on maintenance of highway equipment. They need to do more of the maintenance themselves.

 

Chairman Weiss closed the public budget hearing at 6:50 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Sue Polyock, CMC/WCMC

Clerk/Treasurer