Liverpool trustees OK $2.2M spending plan; taxes rise 22 percent

The village of Liverpool Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday April 25, to approve its 2011-12 budget, a spending plan that will necessitate a 22 percent rise in village property taxes.

"We really scratched around to come up with the best budget we thought we could live with," said Mayor Gary White, who noted that village departments each submitted budgets equal or lower than last year's.

White blamed the tax increase on Onondaga County, which cut villages out of its annual sales tax revenue-sharing program last year.

"Because Onondaga County took half of the village sales tax money," White said at an April 11 public hearing, "our budget is short on revenues by $285,000."

The 2011-12 budget calls for $2,223,428 in general fund spending as compared to $2,194,143 for 2010-11.

The new budget will cover purchases of a police vehicle, truck and snow-blower for a total of $64,500, said Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims. If those purchases were not necessary, she said, "the actual spending for 2011-12 would be about $35,000 less than this year."

Last year the village property tax rate was $9.76 per $1,000 of assessed value, but this year it'll be $12.40 per thousand. Last year, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 paid $976 in village taxes. In 2011, that same property owner will pay $1,191-an increase of $235.

All properties in the village must also pay a $150-per unit sewer rent charge.

Meanwhile, the county tax rate for village property owners will decrease by $1.32 per thousand, due to the sales-tax distribution decision. So, for $100,000 homeowners, village tax bills "will be offset somewhat by the $132 decrease in the county tax rate," the mayor said.

Last year, the village collected $1,184,717 in property taxes. The balance of its budget comes from sources such as court fines, fees, Gleason Mansion rental income, interest income and the county's new Village Infrastructure Program which was established in lieu of sales-tax revenue sharing.

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