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Supervisor

Gary Holcomb
Phone - 607-648-4800 x113
email - supervisor@townoffenton.com

A message from
 
Gary J. Holcomb
Town Supervisor

Summer has once again come and gone. As we enter the fall season we again are in the budgeting process for next year.  2023 brings new challenges as inflation is affecting all of the materials we deal with day in and day out. It is not only fuel costs which we all see every day but asphalt for paving, salt and sand for keeping roads clear this winter. In addition, we just received the latest bids for electricity supply and we are looking at about a 75% increase.

Having said that, the preliminary budget is showing a modest reduction (about 2%) in tax levy, mainly due to our plan to dissolve our lighting districts into the general fund lighting account. Though the inflation factor given to us by the state is over 7% we must stay under the 2% increase cap. We remain under the state mandated tax cap and have a carryover should we need it in future.

The Town has no general fund tax and this will continue in 2023. For the fourth year in a row there is no increase in our highway tax and light district residents will see that portion of their tax bill go away.

The construction of the new water tank in Hillcrest has begun and is scheduled for completion in late spring of 2023. The project cost is 1.2 million dollars with $400,000 coming from reserves and ARPA funds to offset the cost. There will be a capital charge on future water bills to repay the remaining $800,000 that will be needed to complete the project.

We have seen significant reduction in use of a couple of our larger customers in the Hillcrest Sewer district. This is being analyzed to see what impact this may have on sewer rates. Expectations are that there will be increases for those in the sewer district.

We have plans to update technology in our meeting room to improve sound quality and the ability to hold virtual meetings as necessary. In addition, we will be upgrading the entrances to the Town Hall to better meet ADA requirements and improve the ease of access to our building.

November 8th is election day. Please take advantage of your right to vote and vote for the candidates of your choice.

By the next supervisor's update, the holidays will probably have come and gone and we will be approaching the new year. Please have a safe holiday season and enjoy that special time with your families. You all deserve it.

Gary
10/5/2022