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Spending in Brookeville in the coming fiscal year will rise as the town celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and repairs the Brookeville Academy.

But Michael Acierno, the outgoing commission president, said the town’s financial situation remains good.

“We’ve been very frugal in anticipation of this year,” he said.

Acierno said the budget projects revenues of $148,016 and expenses totaling $238,730, creating a deficit of $90,714.

Net reserves total $354,329, he said.

The tax rates remain the same — 15 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property, and 45 cents for personal property.

The proposed spending represents an increase of about 13 percent, due mostly to capital projects.

These include a new roof, an underground propane tank and fire alarm panel replacement for the Brookeville Academy, brick sidewalk repair, and road maintenance.

Acierno called road repair, a need exacerbated after the harsh winter, “the elephant in the room.”

“With [state] Highway User Funds a fraction of what they once were, the burden of the roads is squarely on our shoulders and we do need to address it in a more intelligent way,” he said.

The town commissioners presented a draft of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 during the annual town meeting on May 14.

Acierno said that although the fiscal year begins on July 1, the commissioners will agree upon and sign a final budget for fiscal year 2015 at their July 14 meeting.

“We don’t get the final numbers until the county and state close their June books, and the accounting is not completed until after that date,” he said.

Elected officials do not receive any salary, but commissioners will decide this month on possible salary increases for the three town employees.

Acierno, who has served on the commission since 2006, was scheduled to conclude his final two-year term on Monday evening, after deciding not to seek re-election.

While no longer a commissioner, Acierno will continue to represent the town in matters regarding the War of 1812 commemoration, planned for Aug. 30-31.

thogan@gazette.net