The town board in Springwater met Monday and reaffirmed a plan to override the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap for the 2013 budget.



Some two dozen residents attended the meeting and several said they opposed the board’s planned tax hike.

The town board in Springwater met Monday and reaffirmed a plan to override the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap for the 2013 budget.

Some two dozen residents attended the meeting and several said they opposed the board’s planned tax hike.

Debbie Tatlock, a resident from School Street, said she thought overriding the cap was very unfair to the residents. She added that the board should not be allowed to exceed the tax cap ad infinitum. Supervisor Deborah Babbitt-Hendy responded there was no provision in the state law that allowed the board to cap how high they could go with the override.

Mark Hopkins, a resident from Schribner Road, said the excuses the board was giving for increased Social Security taxes could be eliminated if no raises were given except those already agreed upon per contract. Several town officials, including the town clerk, board members, town supervisor and superintendent of public works are all slated to get pay increases. The town’s tax assessor will receive a raise this year it is in his contract, but his other job of addressing agent is being cut by $250 so he will end up losing money.

The town board will meet again to hear public comments about the budget on Nov. 8.