Town seeks to almost double official’s pay and increase plowing fund
The Belgium Town Board is poised to lower its 2015 budget by 0.8% while still having enough money to almost double the salary of the clerk and increase the amount spent on snow and ice removal.
That’s possible, in part, because there are fewer road projects in the budget and the town is cutting its road equipment usage fund by $15,000.
Town officials are also proposing to cut the treasurer’s salary by $5,390 to $1,070 annually.
The 2015 budget assumes revenue of $554,520, a decrease of $4,380 from this year.
The budget also calls for a preliminary $1,400 increase in fire department costs that it splits with the Village of Belgium.
The village and town are scheduled to meet with the fire department on Oct. 27 to discuss the budget.
Town Clerk Ginger Murphy will see her salary increase from $11,820 to $21,880, an 85% increase, if the proposed budget is adopted.
Town Chairman Tom Winker and the rest of the Town Board have sought for a pay raise for Murphy, saying she is “vastly underpaid.”
“Ginger does a lot of work for the town,” Winker said. “She makes us all look very good with the information she supplies us with.”
Suprs. Jim Blick and Bill Janeshek will receive a salary increase of $55 to $5,200 annually, according to the budget.
All other town officials salaries will remain the same.
The town has spent $67,528 on snow and ice removal already this year, well over the $41,700 it anticipated.
The long winter took its toll, Town Board members said, so they budgeted accordingly next year, putting $49,330 into the fund, an 18.3% increase.
The town tax levy will increase by 0.3% to $400,900, according to preliminary budget figures.
The board also proposed:
• A 4% increase, or $4,075, in the state highway aid fund.
• An additional $175 for computer taxes, software and anti-virus software.
• Revenue increases of $500 for building and zoning permits and $900 for cable TV and franchising fees.
• A $700 increase in U.S. Fish and Wildlife fees.
• A decrease in municipal service fees of $110.
• A decrease of $5,000 each in ordinance development fees and transfer waste fees.
• A $10,000 allocation for a town hall fund. That item was included in this year’s budget, but no money was taken from it.
The public hearing to adopt the budget has been set for Monday, Dec. 1, at Town Hall, Murphy said.