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2016-10-06 / Front Page

Town adopts tentative budget for 2017

by AMY ROBB Editor

The Town of Lancaster filed its tentative budget for 2017 as of Friday, Sept. 30.

New contracts for the Civil Service Employees Association Blue Collar and White Collar unions were accepted as part of the spending plan. Salary increases are slated for CSEA members of both unions, pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.

Contracts were offered retroactive from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2018.

“Every union contract expired on the same date, Dec. 31 of 2011. This is the fifth year they have been without a budget, without a contract still,” said Supervisor Johanna M. Coleman.

The Blue Collar Union, which is all highway workers, settled on its contract Sept. 21, while the White Collar settled Sept. 28.

The raise will effectively be 2 percent every year, with retroactive pay back to Jan. 1, 2014, and 1 percent beginning in payrolls effective Jan. 1, 2017.

“The way that 2 percent is going to be applied: 1 percent of it will be retroactive to Jan. 1 of 2014, and they will receive payment for that not until Jan. 1 of 2017. Although it is a 2-percent increase for that year, they’re getting 2 percent when it can be picked up in the next paycheck and 1 percent, which they will not receive until Jan. 1, 2017,” said Coleman.

Thirty-six white-collar employees and 28 blue-collar employees will receive a $1,000 payment upon retirement if they worked the entire year, Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, for 2012 or 2013.

“For the year 2012 and the year 2013, they are taking zero wage increases. If they were on the payroll for that period, then upon retirement they would receive a $1,000 payment. So if they retire in 2019, they would get that $1,000. If they retire in 2033, they would get that $1,000,” added Coleman.

It was also made clear that union workers would be contributing to their health insurance. Salary increases are also included for non-bargaining employees.

The Lancaster Police Department filed an impasse and is due to meet with a mediator soon.

Overall, the tax levy is up $622,077, or 2.99 percent, and is under the tax cap. Total estimated revenues other than real property taxes are up by $188,800 from the 2016 adopted budget, and townwide taxable assessed value is up about 2.8 percent.

Based on a home’s assessed value of $100,000, taxes will increase in the town by $3.45, or 0.38 percent, for 2017. Lancaster Village residents are likely to see an annual increase of $3.45, or 0.65 percent. Depew Village residents will see a decrease of $1, or 0.40 percent, if the tentative budget stays the same.

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