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Salina board works to a zero tax impact

At the Nov. 17 special Salina Town Board meeting, the board unanimously approved the 2011 Town Budget with a zero tax impact.

"When I prepared the preliminary budget, I planned for worst case scenarios. Some of the anticipated costs I planned for were not as great as first suspected," said Supervisor Mark Nicotra. "This was a result of good planning and belt tightening on the part of the town. I thank the department heads and the entire town board for their cooperation in really coming up with a tight spending planning that does not sacrifice vital services town residents expect."

With the recently passed town budget, a homeowner in the town with a home assessed at $100,000 will not see any increase in their town tax rate next year and a homeowner in the village with a $100,000 valued home will actually pay about $2 less per year in town taxes.

"It is a remarkable achievement that even with the increasing costs in mandates from New York state and less money coming to Salina from Albany, the town board was able to find ways to keep our tax rate flat," Nicotra said.

Important initiatives like sharing services with other towns, working with Onondaga County on ways to reduce costs related to the consent order from the state to cap the Salina landfill, rethinking the way the town provides benefits to its employees and holding the line on every budget item has made this possible, Nicotra said.

"When I became supervisor, I promised that we would operate the town like a business and eliminate the partisan bickering that had plagued us in the past," he said. "I'm pleased with the way the board and our employees have worked as a team to accomplish what we have in the 2011 budget."

The Salina Town Board also unanimously approved the 2011 Special Districts Budget. Both budgets will take effect Jan. 1.

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