DeWitt Town Board adopts amended budget

The DeWitt Town Board unanimously passed its 2009 adopted amended budget at its Nov. 10 meeting; Supervisor Ed Michalenko was absent. A slight change in the proposed budget raised the rate from $4.08 to $4.12 per $1,000 assessed value. The 4-cent increase, which was approved 4-1 with Scruton opposed, resulted from discussion centered on talk that New York state may not send towns the funds for which they are traditionally accustomed.

"The end result is productive for residents and businesses in the town of Dewitt," said Councilor Kerry Mannion, standing in for Michalenko. "We had set $4.08 per $1,000 for the tentative budget and preliminary budget, which would have been a reduction of $0.09 per $1,000.

"However, the looming state budget crisis has us all concerned," Mannion continued. "Frequently, when the state starts cutting its budget, it will push additional costs on the towns and counties around New York state. So the board felt it was prudent to set the rate at $4.12 per $1,000 which still represents a tax decrease for the town of $0.05 per $1,000. We have to anticipate additional costs being put on the town from the state as 2009 progresses."

The tax rate for the three main components of the budget: General Town, Part Town (outside East Syracuse) and Highway in 2008 was $4.17 per $1,000 of assessed value. This year's proposed budget, prior to the amendment, was $4.08. If someone's house were valued at $100,000 in 2008 and the same in 2009, they would have paid $417 in 2008 and will pay $412 in 2009.

"With prudent management throughout 2009, we look forward to presenting a tax rate decrease to the residents for the 2010 budget due next September of 2009," Mannion said.

In other action:

Mannion congratulated Lorene McCoy Dadey for her win as town councilor, as well as her opponent, Tony Albanese, for running a good race. Dadey will not be sworn in until the results are certified - approximately another two weeks, said Town Clerk Barbara Klim.

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