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Galway Youth Basketball sign ups are on now.  Please news section of website for details          The Fall 2016 Galway Reader newsletter is available for download from the "Newsletter" section look under "Galway Reader" of the website or can be picked up at the Town Hall, Water Wheel Cheese Shop, Galway Library, Village Home and Garden and Galway branch of Ballston Spa National Bank.        Please see the Budget tab on the Website for budget details and check the news section for more information on the adopted 2017 town budget..............
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   TOWN OF GALWAY

        NEW YORK 

 

 

WELCOME!  Galway is a town located in Saratoga County, New York.  As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 3,545. The town contains a village also named Galway. Both the town and village are located in the western part of the county. Galway is a rural community with a mixture of small business, farming, and residential homes. The town is home to both year round and seasonal residents. It was originally named New Galloway after Galloway in Scotland. When the town was incorporated, however, it was incorrectly recorded as Galway. Although the spelling is the same as Galway, Ireland, it is not pronounced the same.

 




News:
2017 Budget
November 10, 2016

The adopted 2017 town budget for Galway does contain a property tax increase.  The tax increase will raise the tax rate on the townwide general fund from the current $1.4568 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.5587 per $1,000 of assessed value an increase of $.1019 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.  That means for every $100,000 of assessed value the tax will increase about $10.19.  This was necessitated by increases in pension costs as well as increases health care costs and other general costs.  We have tried to use "fund balance" revenue to offset increased in expenses.  Fund balance revenue is money that is not spent at the end of the year and rolls to the next year.  This is also our rainy day fund to help offset any unanticipated drop in revenues during the year or any significant unanticipated expenses. 

 

The town's budget is just over $2.3M and we collect just over $1.1M in sales tax revenue to help offset taxes.  Sales tax revenue is subject to fast changes such as a dip in the economy or a large spike in gas prices, thus making it somewhat  difficult to predict with certainty. In addition we raise $362,128 in real property taxes for town expenses and highway costs.  For residents living in the Galway Fire Protection District, the cost of fire protection $255,550.  That tax amount is will be up about $2 per $1,000 of assessed value in addition to the general town increase.  Residents living in the Harmony Corners Fire District section of Galway pay according the amount levied by that district.

 

You may have heard about the NYS Local Property Tax  cap implemented about 5 years ago.  While most folks believe that cap is at 2% for growth in tax revenue collected, it really isn't.  This year (2017 budget year) the amount of growth we were allowed without our exceeding our imposed limit was only .68%.  That percentaged would have capped the town at about $7,700 in total new revenue generated by property taxes.  That amount would have barely covered our increased costs in health insurance.  The proposed tax increase is about 2% of growth in tax revenue generated by real property taxes or $22,600.  This will allow us to cover increased costs and not use as much of our rainy day fund, thus allowing us to build that fund back up after years of use to reduce costs.  The Town Board believed it was necessary adopt local legislation to allow us to exceed the .68%.

 

Our 2017 budget will allow us to keep funding to valuable programs such as senior programs, youth programs, family fun day, Galway Food Pantry and other activities that help keep the Galway commuity alive and vibrant.  We will also continue to fund a portion of the operating cost of the Galway EMS agency.  In 2017, we will contract with them for $68,680.  We recently renogotiated the bond interest payment  amount on the remaining portion of the Highway Garage bond, saving us about $6,000 in annual interest costs for the remaining 9 years of the bond.

 

The Town Board does not take raising property taxes lightly, it is only done as a last resort after we have exhausted cost cutting measures and increase other revenue streams.   Galway will remain one of the lowest taxed towns in Saratoga County.

 

 

Galway Youth Commission Basketball Sign up
November 03, 2016

Basketball for boys and girls will start soon.  This season will run Saturday's the months of November and December.  Groups will be broken out into locations and times listed below.  Parent involvment is encouraged and needed.  Your help is invaluable for your children to advance in the sport.

 

Please bring a clean pair of sneakers, to be worn during practice.  They should be carried, no street shoes.

 

From this program there will be a separate 5th and 6th grade travel program with a league schedule for boys and girls.  We thank you for your help and support.

 

Dates November 12 and 19        December 3, 10, 17

 

Boys and Girls grades 1 & 2               Elementary Gym               9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Girls grades 3 & 4                             Elementary Gym              10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Boys grades 3&4                               Middle School Gym          10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Girls grades 5&6                               Elementary Gym              11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Boys grades 5&6                               Middle School Gym          11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Enrollment forms should be completed as soon as possible.  Any questions please contact 518-605-8127 or Colineva3220@hotmail.com

 

T-Shirts will be available, blue with gold lettering, dry fit material for $10 

Galway Lions Club
November 03, 2016

    GALWAY LIONS LOOK FOR COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS

               TO CELEBRATE OUR 100TH NATIONAL BIRTHDAY

                            

Lions International turns 100 years old in 2017 and the Galway Lion’s Club is celebrating this very impressive achievement.  Lions International has challenged each club in this Centennial year to focus their service projects on four areas – “Sharing the Vision” (sight and hearing), “Engaging our Youth”, “Relieving the Hunger” and “Protecting the Environment”.  The Galway Lions are proud to report that we will continue our focus on three of the areas highlighted:

SIGHT AND HEARING – We will continue to support fully both the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) and the Lion’s Eye Bank; we will continue to collect and donate eyeglasses for use by persons in need worldwide; we will continue to offer vouchers for free eyeglasses to students in need and provide other vision related assistance to students; we will continue to help conduct vision screening programs to youth and plan to expand to adults; we will continue to assist income eligible persons in the purchase of hearing aids: and we will continue to donate to other vision and hearing related efforts;

ENGAGING OUR YOUTH – The Galway Lions own the baseball and softball fields which adjoin our clubhouse.  Each year over a hundred boys and girls from the Galway Baseball and Softball League play ball on the fields.  The club is a major supporter of the Scouting programs in the community with many former and current Scout leaders in our ranks.   We give recognition to good citizenship by our school students by presenting cash awards three times a year (total of nine awards) to deserving elementary and jr-sr high school students.    The Orville Curtiss art awards provide financial assistance for underclassmen at Galway Central to attend courses, training, workshops or similar offerings to enhance their experience and talent in the performing arts with a new award in the fine arts being planned.  The annual school spelling bee is sponsored by the Galway Lions, with prizes provided to all participants and cash awards to the winner and runner-up.   And last but not least, the Galway Lions sponsor the high school Leo club where our local high school students have the opportunity to learn how to manage a club, fundraise and provide community service.    

FEEDING THE HUNGRY – The Galway Lions own and provide the building for the Galway Food Pantry which is operated by the Greater Galway Community Services Association, Inc.  The GGCSA pays utilities and provides all staff for the Pantry.  Our members provide assistance and vehicles for regular runs to the regional food bank. The Lions trailer transports an average of four thousand pounds of food to the panty each month.

HOWEVER, what we need is a more complete focus on the environment.  We believe that there must be environmental needs in the community.  We would very much appreciate Greater Galway residents letting us know if there is an environmental need or problem in the community which could be helped by Lions’ assistance.  You can contact us by leaving a message on our facebook page or with club president John Sutton at JohnS147@aol.com.  If you have something to send us, our address is PO Box 244, Galway, New York 12074