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West Winfield Budget Covers Work At Bisby

The tax rate for property owners in the Village of West Winfield will increase significantly for the first time in many years.

The tax rate on the $715,396 budget will go to $11.96 per assessed $1,000, up from $8.10 per assessed $1,000. The $3.86 increase will result in an additional $386 for a property assessed at $100,000, or $193 for one assessed at $50,000.

The increase will raise an additional $103,000 for the village.

Mayor Jim Thomson said while some revenues are up and expenses down, the work done on Bisby Hall required borrowing. “It’s a substantial increase but Bisby cost $200,000,’’ he said at last week’s Village Board meeting. “We had to do something. It was unsafe.’’

During the short budget hearing, a question was asked about salaries for employees at the West Winfield Library. Thomson said the library handles those without village input.

Sales tax revenue is expected to increase $15,000. Salaries for the ambulance service should drop after hiring a second person and reducing overtime.

Salaries for employees of the Department of Public Works will increase 3 percent. A part-time office assistant, Claire Griffiths, was hired to help Village Clerk Scott Van Duren.

In the next 12 months the village will pay $53,000 for four borrowed funds, with the highest being a payment of $17,858 for the ambulance. Bisby Hall’s payment for 2022 will be $16,500.

This is also the first year for payment of the new fire truck at $11,666.

In addition, a rate increase to $5.50 for the water fund is proposed for October.

That will help cover the cost of replacing the wellhouse roof and updating the building,...


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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