By Jennifer Kiefl
The village of Fayetteville is set to approve the 2008-2009 budget at the April 28 board meeting. The budget is $4,826,431 and includes a tax rate of $6.70, or a five-cent per $1,000 decrease from last year.
Mayor Mark Olsen said that while some issues are out of the board's control, the general way of life has been preserved for residents.
The addition of a third crossing guard on Redfield Avenue and Salt Springs Street.;
A $35,000 reserve for the DOT park;
An increased contingency of $50,000 for village beautification projects;
A $25,000 fund for the parks department for its projects;
And increased funding for performing arts and cultural events.
Fuel costs, which almost doubled, insurance and road paving were roadblocks for this year's budget; however legal, snow removal and the clerk's treasurer fees have decreased. Olsen said the village's needs were taken care of, as well as some of the village's wants. The budget for the fire department went up, but Olsen said 70 percent of its budget is labor. The call line use has increased, so overtime has become necessary to keep the department fully staffed at all times.
Olsen is proud that Fayetteville has the lowest tax rate of the three villages in the town of Manlius and is confident that continued monitoring of revenue versus spending will lead to money being saved each year. He calls this year's budget step one of five steps to reduce taxes over the next five years, and believes that village residents will benefit from this year's budget.
Additionally, Clerk Treasurer Lorie Corsette will have a fresh set of books to work with come June 1 due to an upcoming audit.
This Saturday, the village is looking for volunteers to help clean up litter on streets to celebrate Earth Day. Anyone interested should be at Fayetteville Village Hall by 8 a.m. Gloves, bags and refreshments will be provided.
Jennifer Kiefl is a freelance contributor for Eagle Newspapers.