For the fourth consecutive year, the village of East Syracuse's tax rate remains unchanged at $13.50 per $1,000 assessed value.
But it wasn't an easy feat, said Mayor Danny Liedka, noting the projected cuts in county sales tax revenue contributed to this year's tight budget. East Syracuse maintains one of the highest tax rates in Syracuse -- and while the board manages to keep it stable, Liedka said that going forward, they will have to find ways to do more with less.
The board made substantial reductions that impacted every department, including cuts to the fire department's capital reserves, the police department's part-time wages, DPW programs and parks security.
On April 26, it adopted its 2010-11 budget at $5,028,918, carrying over $400,000 from its fund-balance. Liedka said they will not be able to do that next year.
"Next year is even more daunting and will be the most challenging budget we'll ever face, but we're dealing with it and will work on some contingency plans," he said.
The mayor is challenging each department to find ways to conserve energy, and reduce fuel consumption and utility usage, targeting a 10-percent overall reduction across the board. Departments must submit a written plan by May 15. If energy consumption does not decrease, Liedka said he fears jobs may be at risk for the next fiscal year.