The Camillus Village Board help a public hearing on the 2012 budget days before the referendum that could have the village absorb into the town. The budget was adopted by the board, by a vote of three to one.
Photo by Amanda Seef.
Camillus Village of Camillus residents have days to decide if the village will be in tact for the 2012 fiscal year, with a plan for dissolution up to a village-wide referendum Tuesday.
The impending historic vote didn't stop the village board of trustees from adopting the $1.3 million spending plan at Thursday's public hearing. The vote passed with three in favor and one against. Trustee Anne Clancy voted against the budget due to retirement costs and the proposed plan not allowing funds to fix garages within the village. Interim Mayor Bridget Yule was absent from the meeting due to a herniated disc.
"Even if we get absorbed into the town, we're still a neighborhood, we're still a community."
— Deputy Mayor and village trustee James Palumbo
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The spending plan will utilize a $230,000 unexpended fund balance, commonly referred to as reserves. The balance is a "rainy-day fund," according to County Comptroller Robert Antonacci.
"If the community votes to dissolve, the recommendation was to have money earmarked in the fund balance for road repairs," deputy mayor and trustee Jim Palumbo said. Those repairs will happen, regardless if the village is, or is not, absorbed by the town.
Palumbo ran the meeting in Yule's absence.
The tax rate, $6.60 per $1,000 of assessed, taxable home value, will remain flat over 2011.
"Under this plan, we're able to maintain the exact same tax rate," Palumbo said. "The following year is something we have to keep in mind."
Audience members posed numerous questions to Palumbo and the four-person board. Both mayoral candidates, Karen Kiggins and Patricia Butler, were present. Butler is currently a trustee.
Both sides of the dissolution debate were present and well-spoken for.