Spring is a crucial time of year for village municipalities and school districts that are in the process of adopting budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Board members, department heads, mayors and superintendents strive to maintain the services and programs they provide despite the serious cuts they've seen in aid and revenues affecting this year's overall accounts.
The villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and East Syracuse have adopted budgets that hold the line on taxes. The village of Minoa is implementing a slight increase in its tax levy, as are the proposed budgets at the three public school districts in the eastern suburbs. It's safe to say many brows have sweated over the last few months toiling over numbers and the Eagle Bulletin commends the hard work that elected officials have put into making these taxing decisions. The consensus in each board has been to protect, not exploit, the taxpayers' pockets; opting instead to reduce expenditures.
Each entity facing economic challenges this year is sure to feel the pain again as the fiscal forecast predicts even harder times ahead. The Eagle Bulletin encourages residents who are directly affected to keep informed and attend budget workshops and public hearings when scheduled. Speak up in person, by phone or by letter and let the officials you've elected hear your concerns as well as constructive ideas when dealing with your dollars.
Let your voice be heard because they are listening.