Rhinebeck proposes $4.8 million budget for 2021

Daily Freeman-3 months before

The spending plan is being discussed during a series of meetings scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 15, 20 and 22.

Under the budget, there would be a $2.56 million property tax levy representing a 1.57 percent increase of $39,543.

In a budget message, Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia noted that state aid revenues are uncertain during the coming year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Revenue projections are set by looking at the average of the past three years of receipts minus any fluke one-time windfalls,” she wrote. “COVID-19 has caused some revenue loss, especially i... our sales tax share and interest on savings. Aside from sales tax, I left revenue projections flat in expectation of the continuance of a strong building and real estate sales market in the town.”

Salaries in the budget include supervisor at $33,150, for a 2 percent increase of $650; four Town Board members at a total of $34,680, for a 2 percent increase of $680; highway superintendent at $55,080, for a 2 percent increase of $1,080; and town clerk at $52,328, for 2 percent increase of $1,026.

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