The East Syracuse Village Board passed its 2011-12 budget April 18 with no tax increase for the fourth consecutive year.
"Considering we started out this process with an $800,000 shortfall, to pass a budget without a tax increase clearly is a victory for village taxpayers," said Mayor Danny Liedka, who is now serving his second term. "We didn't look at the hand we were dealt as an excuse to raise taxes. We instead chose to dig in and continue our efforts to streamline our operations.
"No tax increase. A 2-percent raise for our deserving village employees. No service cuts. This shows what hard-nosed budgeting can do, even in a time of severe fiscal stress on local governments," he added. "I applaud my colleagues on the board for working with me to produce a budget that puts taxpayers first."
East Syracuse's budget is $4,966,571, which is 5 percent less than last year. Overall spending is down $602,562 over the last four years.