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November 19, 2012: Public Hearing - 2013 Town of Royalton Budget



Town of Royalton 2013 Budget

November 19, 2012


The Public Hearing for the 2013 Budget for the Town of Royalton was held on Monday, November 19, 2012, at the Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, New York. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Jennifer H. Bieber at 7:02 PM. The Pledge to the Flag was recited at the previous public hearing held this evening.


The following were present:

Supervisor Jennifer H. Bieber

Town Clerk Marie L. Little, RMC/CMC

Town Board Members Daniel Bragg, James Budde, Lee Criswell

ABSENT: Bradley Rehwaldt

Highway Superintendent Terry Nieman

Water/Sewer Superintendent Daniel Morse

Town Attorney Thomas H. Brandt

Also present were: See Attached Sheets


The purpose of this meeting was to hear and consider the information pertaining to the 2013 Budget for the Town of Royalton.




Amounts to be raised by taxation are as follows:

ROYALTON WATER DISTRICT           $586,109.00

ROYALTON SEWER DISTRICT            $146,054.00

ROYALTON REFUSE DISTRICT           $444,561.00

GASPORT LIGHTING DISTRICT           $ 16,000.00

ROYALTON FIRE PROTECTION           $449,573.00

DRAINAGE FUND                              $128,452.00


Pursuant to Section 108 of the New York State Town Law, the proposed salaries of the Town Officers are hereby specified:

Supervisor (1)                              $16,000.00

Town Board Members (4)              $24,000.00 ($ 6,000.00 each)

Town Justice (2)                          $35,496.00 ($17,748.00 each)

Town Clerk (1)                             $45,241.00

Superintendent of Highways (1)      $58,298.00

Tax Collector (1)                           $  6,600.00


FURTHER NOTICE is given that pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 495, the Exemption report that shows total assessed value on the final assessment roll that was used in the budgetary process that is exempt from taxation is on file with the Preliminary 2013 Budget.



Town of Royalton 2013 Budget

November 19, 2012

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Supervisor Bieber stated that there will be a $.09 increase over last year.


Mr. Scott Wymczak, Mr. Michael Miano, and Mr. James Kelly addressed the Town Board members regarding various areas of the budget of concern to them. Supervisor Bieber addressed each of their concerns. Discussion ensued. A suggestion was made that there be a purchasing freeze every other year as there doesn't seem to be any costs being cut in the town. The budget seems to have too much padding in it. Councilman Criswell stated that we have to have some money in savings in case we have a problem that needs to be addressed right away.


Discussion ensued regarding the transfer of $10,000.00 to the Courtroom Reserve fund. Mr. Kelly stated that he feels that this is completely unacceptable. Mr. Kelly stated that he has been told that Judge Bass has said that the court audits are not to be made available to the public. Mr. Kelly stated that he has been told by other Town Justices that there is absolutely no law requiring the towns to make improvements to their court rooms. Supervisor Bieber stated that she has seen the audit herself and said that some of the items have come down as mandates since the audit was done in 2006 and other items that have been done were highly recommended suggestions that the Unified Court System has said will become necessary and mandatory in the futurex. Supervisor Bieber stated that we are preparing for that before we are told we have six (6) months to do it. Mr. Kelly stated that he does not understand why the courts are not here to answer questions about their budget. Mr. Kelly stated that the tax payers should not be required to pay for these costs. Mr. Kelly stated that if these changes are required by law then the law should not be secret and he should be able to see it. Supervisor Bieber stated that she would mention it to Judge Bass. Discussion continued regarding these issues and possibly going to one central courtroom with one judge from each of the surrounding towns.


There being no further information to come before this board pertaining to this public hearing, a motion was made by Councilman Criswell, seconded by Councilman Bragg and carried unanimously that the Public Hearing be adjourned at 7:30 PM.


Respectfully submitted,


Marie L. Little, RMC/CMC

Marie L. Little, RMC/CMC

Royalton Town Clerk