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Tupper Lake village public budget hearings to be conducted by phone

TUPPER LAKE — The village will hold its public hearings on the 2020-2021 budget via conference call this year, to support social distancing recommendations.

Today, at 5 p.m. the village plans to pass a tax levy limit override, with a public comment period first. This tax cap is commonly known as the 2% tax cap, but this year the state comptroller’s office set the village’s tax cap at 1.78%. Members of the public can attend by using freeconferencecall.com to dial into the meeting. The dial-in number is 1-(425)-436-6358 and the access code is 740789#.

The village passes a law to override the tax levy limit every year, even if it does not end up exceeding the limit. But this year, Mayor Paul Maroun believes the budget will likely go over the cap on how much it can raise the dollar amount it charges the taxpayer for its operations.

“This is what I’ve been saying for quite a while,” Maroun said. “When you’re paying more for supplies and you’ve got increases in the contracts with the employees, that increases everything. I just don’t see how you can stay under (the cap).”

A public hearing on the full tentative budget will be held April 15 at 5 p.m. The tentative budget is available for inspection online.

The proposed salary for the mayor is $12,200 and for each of the four trustees, $7,800.

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