Updated: October 01, 2020 06:37 AM
Created: September 30, 2020 10:52 PM
BATAVIA, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Town of Batavia proposed an 89% hike in the property tax rate at Wednesday night's board meeting.
The town supervisor says this budget is the product of direct costs associated with the virus, the impact of state-ordered shutdowns and a lack of support from New York State.
Town Supervisor Gregory Post said the budget overview is just the tip of the iceberg.
"If the state is cutting our reimbursements and we cut our spending $1.4 million, it’s not a failure of the county governingng or mismanaging,” Post said. “It’s not a failure of the town not looking far enough down the road. It’s s consequence of the failed policies of this state."
The owner of a $150,000 home might see their annual town tax rise by more than $300.
"It's a year of problems cascading down and this was just another one and a little bit shocking." resident Mike Shultz said. "We've got to do some things to fix it and Greg was very, very thorough in his explanation."
Town leaders stress that this is a preliminary budget, and they have until November to adopt a spending plan.
They hope it won't necessitate such a large rise in taxes, but they're preparing for the worst.
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