Thomaston approves $2.7 million budget for 2022-23 with lower taxes – Reuters

The Village of Thomaston passed a budget of $2.7 million for 2022-2023 on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The Village of Thomaston approved a $2.7 million budget for 2022-23, highlighted by a 3% tax cut at Monday night’s board meeting.

Thomaston Mayor Steven Weinberg praised the village’s use of state and federal grants as well as good tax foresight and management.

“It’s really a milestone that should be recognized,” Weinberg said in a phone interview with Blank Slate Media. “I think it’s unheard of to have a village that didn’t raise taxes for 12 years, which we did, and in the 13th year have a tax drop.”

In the 2021-22 budget, the village tax rate per $100 of assessed value was 34.495. In 2022-23, the tax rate decreased to 33,481. According to the budget, the village projects more than $1.4 million in tax revenue in 2022-23.

Although the budget itself has increased by almost 25%, from $2.1 million in 2021-22 to $2.7 million in 2022-23, the approximately $540,000 increase in expenditures stems from the village’s need for a new street sweeper and road repairs on Colonial Road and Crescent. Road. Weinberg said the village has been aware of the need to repair these roads for the past several years, but neither warrants immediate repairs.

Weinberg said the village plans to launch a tender in the spring with road repaving during the summer months when school buses are not in service.

“Our roads are in fantastic condition and we want that to continue,” Weinberg said. “What really kills roads is when water gets underneath and crumbles the structure below. If the structure below the road doesn’t deteriorate, which is what we have, all we have to do is mill and pave.

Costs for the street sweeper and road repairs, part of the village’s five-year capital plan, are $750,000, according to the budget. Weinberg said the grants the village receives offset some of those costs and result in an increase of less than $500,000.

In addition to getting $1.4 million in tax revenue, according to the budget, the village also expects to receive more than $1.2 million in grants, fees, fines and building permits from the state and federal government.

“There are grants that we apply for almost every year, and they’re a big revenue item,” Weinberg said. “We make sure to take advantage of all categories. Our job is to make sure we don’t leave money on the table. We want to take advantage of all these other sources.

The village, according to the budget, is receiving $222,000 from the state’s Consolidated Local Streets and Highways Improvement Program, which will offset some of the cost of repairing and equipping the roads, Weinberg said. The village also received an additional $133,455 in federal assistance and an additional $50,000 in “other state assistance,” according to the budget.

Weinberg praised the work of the village’s full-time employees and other board members for helping to create a budget that lowers taxes and provides beneficial services to residents for the next year.

“It’s all down to long-term planning and hard work,” he said. “Our full-time employees who really work 24 hours a day are not paid extra for this work. They are not paid for overtime. It’s something they do because they care, which is why we all do it.

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