Annual village event, one of many that could be affected by cut in sales tax share
A familiar scent of pancakes and bacon filled the air when the doors opened at the VFW Post 7290 Sunday March 28 for the Easter Bunny Breakfast in the village of North Syracuse. The breakfast was held from 8 a.m. to noon.
Upstairs, a room was decorated for the season where members of the North Syracuse Family Festival greeted community members. Vera Desimone, Pat Fergerson and North Syracuse Mayor Diane Browning, all took turns welcoming guests.
The Easter bunny was walking around greeting the children who attended with their families. Theresa Roth, North Syracuse Parks and Recreations director, was following Easter bunny with her camera, so she could snap photos for families to take home.
Patrons ate breakfast and entered for chances to win one or more of the four baskets for raffle.
The annual event was highlighted by the smiles of children, even though possible cuts in sales tax revenue loom in the air. Mayor Browning, who was at the 50/50-raffle table, shared her thoughts about the cuts.
"It's very scary," she said.
If the Onondaga County Legislature eliminates sales tax sharing, Browning said the village would lose its 40 percent cut, which equals about $400,000 dollars of the annual budget.
"I put a moratorium on spending as of March 15," Browning said. "Every department was asked to cut their budget by 15 percent. The board is really doing a blind budget right now, because they aren't telling us until after the first week in May what will be taken away from us."
Browning said the Village Board does not want to have to "give up any departments or Easter Bunny Breakfasts."
In the near future the village will gather for the Fifth Annual North Syracuse Family Festival, another unique part of the community's activities. Fortunately, Browning said the event the self-sustaining at this point.