K’hook OKs ’23 budget Ooms calls ‘flat’

VALATIE—The Kinderhook Town Board passed a 2023 town wide budget at the October 3 meeting. The board held a budget hearing right before the regular meeting.

During the regular board meeting Town Supervisor Tim Ooms called the $2.8 million budget “flat,” saying that the only increases in the budget had been in the Highway Department. He said costs of materials and supplies in that department have increased.

“Anything in highway is up,” he said. But he also said that this budget is “similar to last year.”

The total general budget for 2023 is about $1 million with $494,792 to be raised by taxes and the highway budget is $1.6 million, with $209,763 to be raised in taxes. There is also the line for the general budget outside the villages (Kinderhook and Valatie) for $133,348 with $53,698 to be raised by taxes.

This year’s budget, for the 2022 fiscal year, had a general fund of about $992,000 and a highway budget of slightly less than the current year.

Towns generally use the calendar year as their fiscal year and the Town Board passes the budget in November. Last year the Town Board of Kinderhook—the town with the largest population in the county—voted on the budget at the November meeting and held budget meetings in late October.

The budgets are posted on the town’s website at www.kinderhook-ny.gov

Also at the meeting,:

•The board accepted the resignation of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector Tom Burrall due to what Supervisor Ooms said were “health reasons.” Board members appointed Kevin Haberland to the position. Mr. Haberland already works in the building inspector’s office and said, at the October 3 meeting, that he was “all certified and ready to go”

•The board accepted the resignation of Francis Gutto from the Board of Assessment Review. The assessment board will be looking for a replacement for him on that volunteer board

•The Town Board is going out for bids for snow removal and ice control for the 2022-23 winter season.

‘Anything in highway is up.’

Town Supv. Tim Ooms

Town of Kinderhook

On this year’s ballot in November there is an open seat for Town Board. When Supervisor Ooms was elected last fall, he resigned his seat on the board and appointed former Planning Board Chair George Jason Graham for a one-year term in January. Mr. Graham is now running unopposed for the open Town Board seat on the Republican and Conservative ballot lines.

The next town board meeting will be November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building on Church Street.

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