The Riverhead Fire District unveiled its budget for next year, proposing a 1.66 percent tax levy increase year-over-year.
The $4.73 million spending plan, which includes $250,000 in reserve fund payments, calls for a $67,000 increase in total in the 2014 budget. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the district headquarters on Roanoke Avenue.
Items proposed to receive an increase include:
• equipment and apparatus maintenance, from $194,000 this year to $207,000 next year
• building and property maintenance, from $197,350 this year to $214,500 next year
• fund transfers (from general to reserve) from $75,000 this year to $171,355 next year
Several items are proposed to decrease next year in funding, including:
• employee salaries, from $829,685 to $815,857
• administrative, legal and professional services, from $184,400 to $172,800
• bond payments, from $1,218,237 to $1,188,137
The district is also proposed to make $50,000 in payments in lieu of taxes, $5,000 less than last year’s total.
Copies of the proposed budget can be viewed at the town clerk’s office in Riverhead, Southampton, Riverhead or Brookhaven. A message left with the district manager was not immediately returned.