Clerk’s Raise Draws Ire Of Former Mayor

CELORON – Two former Celoron elected officials spoke during the public hearing on the tentative 2013-14 village budget.

On Monday, Rick Slagle, former village mayor and code enforcement officer, and Warren Gertsch, former village trustee, spoke during the public hearing on the proposed spending plan.

Slagle asked the board why the proposed salary for the village clerk is increasing more than $1,000. In the budget proposal under staff, the personal service expense proposed for the village clerk is increasing from $45,000 in the 2012-13 budget to $46,600 in the 2013-14 budget, an increase of $1,600. That amount accounts for multiple village officials. According to the preliminary budget, the clerk will make $31,000, annually. Slagle said the increase is similar to the proposed $1,541 tax levy increase in the budget. The tax levy is the money raised through property taxes. Slagle said if the clerk’s salary is not increased, village officials could propose no tax increase in the next spending plan.

Gertsch asked why under village attorney there is a contractual expense for $2,000. He said when he was a trustee the expenses was not as high. Gertsch asked that a village official contact him when they have more information on why this expense is allegedly increasing.

In the tentative budget, the tax levy total would be $211,089, which is 1 percent higher than in 2012-13. The tentative tax rate would be $6.41 per $1,000 assessed property value. That would be a 9 cents increase over the 2012-13 tax rate. The proposed total budget is $476,535, which is an increase of 6,441 or 1 percent.