Valatie adopts $1.6M annual budget

VALATIE – The Village Board adopted the 2015-16 budget of $1.6 million at the regular meeting on Tuesday. Mayor Diane Argyle said it was within the state’s 2% cap on property tax levy increases. The budget shows a slight increase in spending over the current year.

Also at the May 12 meeting, the board also approved raising the price on tags for garbage collection. The price for stickers will go up by 50 cents starting June 1. The price for three-month stickers placed on garbage cans rented from the hauler will go up from $60 to $70.

Mayor Argyle said that raising the price was something the board discussed during the budget process and that board members had decided to raise it for this fiscal year.

“It’s still a bargain,” said board member Philip Bickerton of the trash pick-up.

The board also discussed the fact that after the new budget takes effect June 1, there will be no more payment plans offered to people who are late on paying their water bills. The mayor said the payment plan was a holdover for previous administrations. Mayor Argyle said residents can put a percentage down toward a late water bill and then have a year to pay the bill in full or water will be shut off. She also said that there is a penalty for late bill payments.

The board reviewed shut-off notices on some properties at the meeting.

Also at the meeting:

  • The board approved repainting some parking spots on Main Street and in the community parking lot on the corner of Main and Church streets for $700
  • Village-wide Clean-up Day is May 16. Residents must sign up at the village hall to have trash picked up curbside on Saturday morning. The board also approved hosting an Electronics Recycling Day June 27 from 8 a.m. to noon
  • The Valatie American Legion has donated new flags and flag poles for Glynn Square. The village will hold a services on Memorial Day at 9 a.m. at the square. There will also be a parade on Route 9 staring at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25
  • The board raised the fee for peddlers’ permits to $100 and added a $25 fee for bounced checks cashed by the village. The board also approved adding a $2 fee second-notice letters to residents who have not paid their village taxes.

The next Village Board meeting is Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Building.

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