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Batavia proposes balanced $89.6 million budget

BATAVIA – Residents likely will see the city portion of their tax bill stay about the same as a result of the proposed 2013 city budget.

Included in the $89.6 million balanced budget is a $21,000 reduction in the property tax levy because of a bond refunding done in 2012. City Finance Director Peggy Colby said the owner of a $300,000 home could see city taxes go down by $2.

The city portion of a typical Batavia tax bill is about 8 percent of the total bill, Colby said.

The owner of a $300,000 home would have paid about $632 in 2012 to support city services, she said.

Colby said the city didn’t want to increase property taxes given that the economy is still fragile.

“We’re not projecting any new revenues, and we’re not asking for any increases in staffing,” Colby said. “We’re trying to hold the line on everything.”

Sales tax receipts for 2012 are projected to end the year down 1.5 percent from 2011 receipts, and the 2013 budget includes a .05 percent increase to sales tax.

“Even with that projection, we were able to provide a balanced budget,” Colby said. “We are hopeful that sales will increase at a better pace, but decided to budget more conservatively in light of the prior year’s experience.”

The 2013 budget does include a temporary increase in hours for the engineering department but no other additions to staff. The police department had requested two full-time positions and the equivalent of one part-time position.

“Staff felt that these positions should not be funded with the 2013 budget as service needs are being met with the current staffing,” Colby said.

Want to go?

What: Public hearing on Batavia City Budget

When: 7:35 p.m. Nov. 19

Where: Batavia City Council Chambers, 100 N. Island Ave.

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