Public hearing set April 11 to discuss proposed property tax hike in Liverpool

In formulating the proposed budget, Sims said, "Village department heads did their best to keep their budgets the same as last year or lower."

White concurred.

"We really scratched around to come up with the best budget we thought we could live with," he said. "I think we did well." For instance, he said, the village has managed to cut back on costs for health-care payments.

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.

"I was extremely discouraged and disturbed by the actions of our county legislators [regarding the restructuring of the sales-tax agreement]," White said. "Their actions were very disingenuous."

Trustee Nick Kochan called the county's new Village Infrastructure Program "more government obfuscation."

Trustee Dennis Hebert, who is a professional financial analyst, predicted that when election time rolls around this fall, "Those legislators will tell you they worked hard to get you a tax decrease of $1.32 [per $1,000 assessed value], but they won't tell you what they took away."

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