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Village of North Syracuse Approves Budget

The Village of North Syracuse 2009-10 budget was approved last night after a brief public hearing. Mayor John Heindorf presented the budget before the meeting with the help of village treasurer Dianne Kufel.

Making the least cuts in the budget as possible, according to Heindorf, the overall tax increase is 2 percent. By individual town, Cicero will absorb a 2.02 tax increase and 0.31 percent for Clay.

{Q}"This is a good budget despite the economic climate," said board trustee Gary Butterfield.{Q}

The budget outline included an individual look at the percentage of spending in seven categories. Public safety contains 32 percent of the future 2009-10 spending, and culture and recreation spending will absorb the east at 5 percent.

There were only a few issues presented by the fire department which will be amended into the budget. With wise budgeting, Brennan said there was money initially set aside for turnout gear, but a grant from Sentaor DeFrancisco paid for the gear in full.

The current budget projection has $44,600 in funds documented for engine rehabilitation; however, Deputy Chief of Fire Pat Brennan said there is money available to help in the department's general fund that will be used for the additonal costs they foresee.

With the help of the grant, Brennan said the department can use the funds previously set aside for the turnout gear to help pay for engine rehabilitation.

A full story on the village budget will be in next week's Star-News .

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