Collins keeps tax rate flat for 2018

COLLINS — As Collins Town Supervisor Dave Tessmer heads out, he and the town board approve the 2018 tax for the town. There is no change from last year as the tax rate is $3.96 per $1,000 of assessed valued. The overall combined tax rate, including funds and districts, is at $10.03 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The budget approved all personnel will receive a 2-percent salary increase, as well as a drainage study ($12,500) and a transfer to a reserve of $50,000 (same as last year).

“The budget is pretty much flat,” Tessmer said. “Things were up tenths of cents and down hundreds of tenths of cents by and large. It’s flat.”

The five-year plan, which focuses on what the town will spend its money on in the coming years for improvement, didn’t see much change during the budget time.

“I think we did a lot of shuffling around in the five-year plan, but I don’t think we made any additions to it.”

The one addition was from a 2017 plan. The highway department’s cold storage building aspired to erect in 2017, but due to difficulties, the building is scheduled for 2018. The money is saved, but as Tessmer often says it is due to not pulling the trigger.

“The thing is, though, that’s the purpose of having that plan, so it can be a placeholder. As long as you have the funding in place, it’s OK to move it,” Tessmer said. “There is just a lot of stuff that has got to happen first with that. The building that it’s going to replace is still there and full of stuff. All of that has to be scheduled and planned.”

The Collins Town Board will meet Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

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