Proposed $4.2m budget for B'ville

Village officials are proposing an approximate $73,000 decrease in spending for the 2009-10 budget year.

"We're really trying to hold the line on spending," said Mayor Joseph Saraceni adding that village department heads have helped make this possible.

Salaries for the Baldwinsville Police department decreased about $63,000 with nearly half of that amount coming from a cut in equipment expenses. The village also paid off a $140,000 BAN leaving a $0 balance for the 2009-10 proposed budget. On the other hand, medical insurance costs increased from $276,847 last year to $328,864.

Saraceni said the proposed budget also includes a downtown redevelopment fund to help move the village square concept forward and a highway repair fund that will be used to rebuild streets in drastic need of heavy repair. Engineer Tim Baker suggested the highway fund after emergency repairs needed to be done to East Oneida Street this summer.

The total taxable value of village properties, both in Lysander and Van Buren, is $30,864,324 compared with $291,474,623 last year. The overall proposed village budget is $4.104 million and the proposed tax levy, the amount to be raised through property taxes, is $1.840 million, $13,000 less than last year. The proposed tax rate decreases from $6.36 per $1,000 last year to $6.12 per $1,000 this year. This means a village home assessed at $100,000 will pay $612 in village taxes should the budget be approved.

"The spending went down, the tax rate went down, so taxes should go down," Saraceni said.

A public hearing regarding the proposed village budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 8 at the village hall at 16 W. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

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