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Skaneateles Village: Budget approved after public comment

With a few changes, the village's budget was approved Monday April 26.

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees continued the public hearing on the 2010-11 budget, which began during the board's April 12 meeting. While no residents in the gallery spoke, there were changes made to the budget following the board's last meeting.

"We had some comments at our last meeting during the public hearing that we needed to address," Mayor Bob Green said.

The board had continued to receive comments during the two-week period between meetings and took time to revise the budget. In particular, resident Alan Dolmatch provided the board with a two-page written summary of his concerns.

After revisions were made, the general fund appropriations increased from $3,054,000 to $3,062,613. The amount to be raised by taxes, $1,404,164.27, had not changed. The total budget, which includes the water and sewer fund as well as general fund, totals $4,124,813.

There is no tax rate increase or sewer rate increase. There continues to be a 5 percent increase on water rates.

The public hearing was closed inside 10 minutes with no other residents speaking on the matter and the board approved the 2010-11 budget, 4-0. Trustee Sue Jones was not in attendance for the vote.

Skinnyman on for Labor Day

The village board authorized a letter of approval for the 6th Annual Skinnyman Triathlon, which is scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

In order for the organization to be in compliance with the New York State Department of Transportation, the letter has to be sent to the DOT.

According to Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins, the course is up in the air because of construction planned for West Lake Street. Perkins and Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz have been meeting with the group to better plan for this year's event.

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