Lebanon Town Supervisor Jim Goldstein has submitted a tentative 2022 town budget to the Lebanon Town Board that proposes a reduction in the local tax levy and tax rate reduction of 19 percent.
The Lebanon Town Board will review the budget at its Oct. 11 meeting, make any changes at its Oct. 25 budget workshop and then accept public comment at the Town budget hearing Nov. 4.
All meetings will be via Zoom and the public will be notified of times and links.
This budget does not include any salary increases for town elected or appointed officials but does include a 3 percent salary increase for full-time highway employees. Any salary increase for elected and appointed officials must be made by the Town Board and will be discussed during the Executive Session portion of the Oct. 25 budget workshop.
The Town Board may also consider 2021 end-of-year bonuses for employees who sought no raises in 2021 and helped out tremendously during the Covid pandemic which are eligible to be paid out of 2021 ARPA funds.
Goldstein said additional revenue from ARPA and Madison County sales tax will help with the town budget with regard to 2022 road and related projects. On the fire and ambulance side, SOMAC is making an enormous increase request that will amount to about a 37 percent hike for those in the SOMAC service area which would be the Earlville and Hamilton fire contract areas.
This increase is so large it may push the Town out of tax cap territory and require an override, Goldstein said.
SOMAC officials report this increase is due to the replacement of an ambulance and the more competitive wages they have to offer paid staff …