The town of Greece has released its preliminary budget for 2012, and it includes a lower tax rate for town residents. But changes to special district rates will keep tax bills relatively flat.

The town of Greece has released its preliminary budget for 2012, and it includes a lower tax rate for town residents. But changes to special district rates will keep tax bills relatively flat.


A house assessed at $100,000 would have a total tax bill of $728.52, compared to $728.67 in 2011, though the property tax rate is set to decrease seven cents to $6.33.


Drainage district charges, calculated by unit, are set to go up to $16.75 from a flat $16 last year. Lighting districts, applied per $100,000, would go up to $39.32 from $33.53 last year, and per-unit sewer charges are set at $38.94, up five cents from last year.


The total tax levy is set at just over $36 million, and the town's total taxable full valuation is at $4.8 billion.


Total operational spending, including those in special districts, is proposed at $55.6 million, compared to just over $54 million in 2011. Triggering factors include a $1 million increase in retirement contributions, the proposed addition of a new police officer, and $1 million more in spending at the Department of Public Works.


The public hearing for the 2012 proposed budget will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall.