Village of Camillus proposes $.35 tax increase

The village of Camillus proposed a $.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value increase in the tax rate at a budget hearing Thursday Nov. 9 in Village Hall - that figure had been cut in half, from $.75, that morning.

"After going through the budget this morning with [village clerk/treasurer] Marie [Stanczyk], the suggestion was made" to take $19,259 from the unexpended fund balance of $120,000 in order to bring the rate down to a $.35 increase.

The village changed its fiscal year to match the calendar year for 2011, which is why the budget for 2010 looks so small - because of the change, 2010's budget only covered seven months. The proposed budget for 2011 is $1.02 million compared to $596,686 last year.

Broken down month by month, the total budget comes to $84, 935 - that's slightly lower than 2010's month-by-month break down, which comes to $85,240.

The proposed budget is almost $100,000 less than what was budgeted in 2008-09.

The village was faced with a lost of $80,000 in sales tax revenue and a loss of approximately $3,000 in state aid, Montero said, which contributed to difficulties in keeping the tax rate from increasing.

Even with the tax increase, cuts had to be made. For the second year in a row, the village proposed to provide no funding to Maxwell Memorial Library, a decrease in $10,000 from 2008-09.

Library Director Katy Benson attended the meeting to advocate for the library.

"I know there are issues, there are problems with coming up with money, but I just wanted to show you some information I pulled together on what our potential service is to the village," Benson said, "and just ask if any consideration could be made to somehow, at some point, reinstate some kind of budget for the library."

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