Roxbury monthly meeting to be held Nov. 8

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By Trish Adams
Roxbury’s monthly town board meeting will be held this Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting is moved from its traditional Monday because it’s an election year. Two public hearings will be held before the meeting, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

The first hearing will give the public an opportunity to comment on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the two percent tax-increase limits imposed by the state on all local budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Many municipalities, county govern­ments, and school districts around the state have already passed these overrides, even if they don’t anticipate having to exceed the two percent increase, as a pre-emptive “just in case” measure.

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors will have a hearing on its own proposed statute to override county tax limits next Wednesday, Nov. 14 before its regular meeting. The Town of Roxbury law would affect how much the town board could increase town and highway department taxes. This override does not apply to Roxbury Central School taxes. The school board would have to pass its own override measure for school taxes, and it has not done so.

The second hearing will afford the public a chance to comment and ask questions about the town’s preliminary budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Copies of the budget are available at the Roxbury Town Hall and include all expected expenditures for town governance including salaries for elected officials and other staff, the Grand Gorge and Roxbury fire departments, the Denver, Grand Gorge and Roxbury water districts, the highway department, elections and town court, park and recreation programs, town constable, staff health insurance and retirement costs, and yes, even dog catcher.

The budget also details how much the town expects in revenue from such sources as fees, building permits, dog licenses, fines and forfeited bail, and tax penalties.

The hearing and the meetings will be held at the Roxbury Town Hall on Main Street. Hearings can be brief so interested parties should make sure to be on time if they want to comment or ask questions. For more information (and approved minutes of past meetings), visit www.roxburyny.com or call 607 326-7641.