JOHNSBURG - For the second consecutive year, Johnsburg taxes are down. Town taxes will be reduced by .01 percent.
The total budget is $2,366,604 and is comprised of general, highway and library funds. The rate per $1,000 of assessed value is $111.757, which appears large when compared to other local budgets. This is because the town of Johnsburg uses an older budget system that does not assess property at full value.
"Our biggest concern is to protect the citizens' ability to hold property within the town of Johnsburg," said Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed.
Highway funds held a major emphasis in this years budget for the purchase of new equipment and necessary updates. That portion is up 8.36 percent.
Modifications were made to the town health insurance plan to move to a higher deductible plan. Individual deductibles are now $1,500 and family deductibles are $3,000. The change allows for the town to use savings to pay deductibles and reap a net gain of $60,000.
The town of Johnsburg also eliminated curbside recycling pickup. The effects of this decision resulted in the elimination of one employee and a budget reduction of $30,000.
Goodspeed said holding the line on town budgets is becoming increasingly harder to do because of the current condition of county and state budgets.
"Revenue is down all over making it very difficult to control taxes," he said.