The 2013 Town of Grand Island budget will have no tax increase after the Town Board made adjustments to budget lines.
At its meeting on Nov. 5, the Town Board voted 5-0 to go back to the drawing board to make more cuts, rather than to pass a budget with an increase. The board subsequently passed a reduced budget at a meeting on Nov. 9
"Although the Town Board had preliminarily agreed to a budget, after further discussion, we though it was prudent to review the budget for alterations," said councilmen Ray Billica and Chris Aronica in a joint statement. "We felt at this time a tax increase was not prudent. With taxes being a major concern, and the fact that the reassessment of Grand Island property will be completed next year, we thought a potential double-barrel impact would not be in the best interest of the taxpayers. We would like to thank the Town Board for agreeing with us and reducing the General Fund tax increase to 0 percent."
A proposal from councilmen Billica and Aronica lowered the proposed tax rate of $3.20 per $1,000 of assessed value - "which would have been a 2.5 percent increase proposed by Supervisor Mary Cooke," they said - to $3.12.