The Rose town board approved a tentative town budget for 2018 on Oct. 10, 2017. The tentative budget is approximately $2.26 million, including the water districts and light districts, but not including the fire districts, which operate independently of the town. The anticipated tax levy is just under the required tax cap by $437. There will be no need for an override of the tax cap.
This budget calls for a town tax rate that is down slightly, dropping from $6.5152 per $1,000 to $6.3366 per $1,000, a 17-cent decrease. This is not a lot, of course, but it is in the right direction.
The water districts are all down slightly. Your tax will vary depending on your assessment and your or and your neighbors’ exemptions. This is merely a mathematical calculation based on the bonded debt for the pipes in the ground for your area. There is no new spending for the extension areas. WD 2 is down by about 15 cents per $1,000. WD 5 is down a very little bit to $2.84 per $1,000, and WD 6 is down about 8 cents to $2.81 cents per $1,000. Note that the new water project for the Catchpole Road Treatment Plant has no effect on these, as it is being paid for by the charge on water usage, not taxes. Overall, the tax rates are down slightly again this year.
A copy of this tentative budget is available for your review at the town clerk’s office during normal business hours. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 30, at 4:45 p.m., and is open to all.
The Catchpole Road water project completion draws near with a final completion day scheduled for early November. Recall that the cost of this project is being paid for by the charge on water consumption, not from taxes. This way the cost will be borne by all who benefit from it.
At the county level, the budget process lags the town budget schedule by about a month, so it is too early to be making any statements about what it will look like at this point. All I can tell you is that I try to keep essential services continuing without an increase in the tax rate. Stay tuned on this.
Also, the required 911 service charge is being renewed. This is a charge levied on all telephones, whether house phones, cellphone plans or prepaid cellphones, and the money goes to the 911 center services to keep that vital service available to the public. This year, a change was made to include the prepaid phones so that the fee is paid by all those who benefit from the service, so that everyone is treated equally.
Don’t forget the special Fall Concert at Rose Union Community Building on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Please join me there.