Hudson looks to increase sanitation

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 07:07 AM

Residents of the Town of Hudson will see a slight increase in sanitation rates if the 2014-15 budget proposal is approved at Tuesday’s town council meeting.

The residential sanitation fee will increase from $5 to $7.50 a month. This will be added to the tax bill. Commercially, the sanitation fee will rise from $30 per quarter to $45 per quarter.

Health insurance for town employees will change for the next year. Renewal with Blue Cross & Blue Shield rose 23 percent in costs.

“Within this budget, employees will contribute $20 per week toward their employee health insurance premium costs,” as stated in the budget summary.

Total revenue and expenditures for the general fund amount to just over $2.5 million. Law enforcement makes up about a third of expenditures, $831,800. This includes the salary for 13 employees, an annual lease payment for three patrol vehicles, two in-car video cameras, two body cameras, one rifle and 15 handguns with holsters.

A new telephone system will be installed for $10,600 and will be shared by the Administrative Department and Law Enforcement Department at Town Hall. The town also hopes to spend $18,000 on a snow plow, $3,500 on a floor cleaner for the recreation center and $7,500 on a sand spreader, which will be paid from Powell Bill funds.

Town Manager Rebecca Bentley’s budget summary stated that Hudson’s budget is healthy and will be able to cope with unanticipated expenditures due to savings, which is equal to about 30 percent of the budgeted expenses.