Towns raise taxes, cut spending as Covid-19 batters budgets – Buffalo News

The town is expecting lower video lottery terminal revenue and state aid in 2021, though it is expecting sales tax revenue will continue to rebound and mortgage tax revenue has held steady, Shaw said.

The town would spend $2.1 million in the 2021 budget from its various fund balances, leaving it with $9.8 million.

The town is cutting spending by $1 million for 2021, largely through a hiring freeze imposed in July, restrictions on buying costly new equipment and vehicles, cutting back on overtime, reducing employee travel and nonpersonnel costs. And only union employees where contracts require raises will receive those pay increases, Shaw said.

“The people in the community are suffering, and we’ve got to tighten our belts, too,” he said.

Orchard Park

For now, Orchard Park is proposing the steepest rise in its tax levy among towns included in this review, a 9.89% increase to $18.5 million.

The tax rate would rise nearly 10.2% under Supervisor Patrick Keem’s budget. The owner of an average home in the town, with an assessed value of $116,250, would pay $956.78 in property taxes next year, an increase of $88.18.

The town’s revenue for 2020 is down $1.3 million this year because of the economic effects of the pandemic, Keem said, with nearly half of that due to a decline in sales tax revenue.

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