Gowanda Village Board passes tax levy override


OBSERVER Staff Writer

GOWANDA – The village of Gowanda is allowed to go over its tax levy cap. The Village Board passed local law No. 1 of 2013 to override the 2 percent tax cap.

Following a public hearing, the board unanimously approved the local law. During the public hearing, some residents voiced their opinion on the matter.

John Gibbs said the tax cap should stay at 2 percent and the village should not be allowed to exceed that amount.

Treasurer Cindy Schilling said the override is for the village’s protection.

“Passing this override is for our protection,” she said.

Schilling said sometimes throughout the year some unexpected expenses come up. She gave the example of having to replace two pieces of village equipment this year unexpectedly. If the village were to exceed the 2 percent limit, there are stiff fines. Mayor Heather McKeever and the rest of the village board agreed that just because the tax cap override is in place, it does not mean the tax cap will increase.

“(The override) does not mean we will go over 2 percent,” McKeever said. “We will work to try to lower (the levy).”

At the meeting the board was presented with a tentative budget which has the levy set at $1,007,949, which is 2 percent over last year’s levy of $985,110. The board will have a budget workshop meeting on April 2 and April 4 both at 6 p.m. A public hearing on the budget will be held later in the evening on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. A final budget workshop will be held on April 16 at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and will be held in the village hall.

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