New Haven budget reflects increase in income

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — With an anticipated increase in income for the upcoming fiscal year, the New Haven town council recently passed its budget for 2017-18, which begins July 1.

The increases come mainly from an expected boost in property taxes, raising from $97,363 in the current year, to $100,466 next year, as well as business and occupation (B&O) taxes going from $74,000 to $89,000.

Other revenue sources for the town are expected to decrease, however. Money brought in through parks and recreation, such as funds gained through swimming pool and roller skating admissions, is expected to drop from $24,000 to $18,537. Also slated to drop are fire protection fees, from $70,000 to $68,600.

The total estimated revenue for the year is $572,173, according to Recorder Roberta Hysell.

And while revenue is increasing overall, so are expenditures, with several departments set to get additional funding for the new year. Seeing major increases will be the police department, street department, and parks and recreation.

The police department will go from its current budget of $130,200 to $142,083. The street department will see nearly a $34,000 increase, going from $51,370 to $85,182. Parks and recreation will go up from $24,700 to $35,065. City hall also gained an additional $16,000, from $105,360 to $121,749.

Seeing smaller increases will be the city council line item, from $3,600 to $6,600; the recorder’s office, from $1,500 to $2,500; and contingency funds, from $10,033 to $14,310.

Not everyone will see increases to their department budgets, however. Money set aside for the use of a town attorney was cut in half, going from $15,000 to $7,500. Funding was cut to the local library, from $8,000 to $5,900, and also to the garbage department, from $148,700 to $146,584.

Town council members will officially lay the levy on April 18.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]