Villages prepare for budget season; East Syracuse plans to override tax cap

— East Syracuse plans to override the tax cap after a public hearing on the matter is held Jan. 9. Though the village plans to override the cap, that’s not an indication the taxes may increase more than 2 percent, Liedka said.

“My intention is not to raise taxes,” he said. “This is more of a formality to protect us against these estimated numbers. It’s really just to cover ourselves and the variables that we have no control over. It’s not giving us a free pass to raise taxes.”

Other villages are looking at numbers to see how the cap may affect their budget planning.

“We’re going to first study the formula that the state gives us. We have to finish that formula before we even consider an override,” said Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson. “The only reason that we would have to override the tax cap is if costs that are out of our control pushes us over the tax cap.”

Donovan is also recommending to village of Minoa trustees to override the tax cap, as a precaution.

“It’s very complicated and essentially by overriding we’re actually protecting ourselves from civil penalties,” he said.

Olson and Donovan agree the biggest costs associated with the budgets, year-after-year, remain unfunded mandates.

“In theory the law is a good idea, but it didn’t come with mandate relief,” Olson said. “If we can get a 2 percent tax cap with mandate relief, I think that would be great.”

Village budgets are finalized in the spring; all towns presented a final, adopted budget to the state the last week of November.

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