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Camillus village board adopts $1.3M budget before dissolution vote

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.

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.

— "If you don't like the way the budget is, vote to dissolve [the village] Nov. 8," Palumbo said.

More than 30 residents turned out for the public hearing, which lasted about two hours before the board moved to other business. At times, the meeting was contentious with residents, and trustees, interrupting and yelling over each other.

One resident, who spoke louder than bickering trustees and attendees, requested the meeting return to decorum. The village's rules for decorum had been printed out and placed for reference next to the sign-in sheet.

Antonacci presented briefly to discuss the dissolution, should it occur. His job, he said, was to be an independent source for the discussions surrounding the dissolution. He was hoping to take the "emotion" out of the dissolution vote, he said.

The comptroller explained the differences in numbers for town or village residents, both before and after the potential dissolution. Prior to the dissolution, villagers pay $62 more per $100,000 assessed home annually than a town resident. After, town and village residents would pay $14 less per $100,000 assessed home. Villages that disband are eligible for a New York incentive program, anywhere between $700,000 and $1 million. More than 70 percent of that money would go toward tax payer relief. It is hoped the other 30 percent would go to the town for tax payer infrastructure. Antonacci hopes the funds would be used for infrastructure repairs in the village.

Antonacci also expressed his approval for the budget presented, and adopted, Thursday.

"I think this is a very good budget. It's a very transparent budget," he said.

Despite all the talks of dollars and figures, the sentiment remained the same -- village residents love where they live.

"Even if we do get absorbed into the town, we're still a neighborhood, we're still a community," Palumbo said.

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