VERMONTVILLE - The Franklin Town Board passed the town's 2009 budget at a special meeting Monday evening.
The vote was unanimous, except for town Councilman Walt Kretser, who was absent.
The property tax levy is $1,024,994, a 4.8 percent increase. The tax rate is $7.50 per $1,000 of assessed value, almost a 5 percent increase over this year.
The general fund of the town of Franklin's 2009 town budget is $472,078 - $26,532, or 5.95 percent, more than last year. Spending for the highway department is up to $1,062,928, an increase of 4.6 percent, or $46,781, from this year.
Town Budget Officer Dick Meagher said earlier this month that a $7,245 increase in the assessor's budget is a major contributing factor to the increase in the general fund. Another is a $7,200 increase in the cost of hospital insurance - 15 percent higher than this year.
As for the highway department, Meagher said $30,000 more is being spent on road improvements and $9,000 more on health insurance due to climbing rates.
Contact Nathan Brown at (518) 891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.