Nov 10, 2011 Jason Emerson Uncategorized
The Skaneateles Town Board unanimously approved the final town budget at its Nov. 3 meeting. The budget contains a total tax increase of just over 1 percent.
“We’re in good, sound financial health,” said Town Supervisor Terri Roney.
The 2012 budget includes a basic tax rate of $2.48 per $1,000 of assessed property value, down slightly from $2.49 per $1,000 from the 2011 budget. This rate is for the combined town and highway department funds, but does not include the separate special districts such as fire, water and sewer.
Of the four fire districts in the town, Skaneateles and Shepard Settlement are both down by a few pennies, while Skaneateles No. 2 and Mottville are both up by minimal cents.
The general town wide budget includes a 1.52 percent increase over the 2011 budget, which, being under the state’s 2 percent tax cap rate, allowed the town board to avoid seeking a local law to allow the town to exceed the cap.
The largest increases in the budget were for the highway department, with a 3.97 percent increase over 2011 for the highway town wide budget, and a 4.62 percent increase over 2011 for the highway part town budget.
The final 2012 Skaneateles town budget was passed after the board held a public hearing on the preliminary budget, during which only two residents attended and only one question on the general process of making the budget.
“I think it’s a very good budget,” said Town Councilor Nancy Murray after the final vote. Roney agreed, saying, “The board really worked hard on this.”
Also at the meeting:
—The board scheduled a public hearing on the 2012 Skaneateles Fire Protection Contract for 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17.
—The board unanimously renewed its contract to receive emergency medical services from SAVES for the 2012 calendar year.
—The board unanimously authorized the renewal of its $150,000 Sheldon Road bridgework bond anticipation note.
—Codes enforcement officer Debbie Williams told the board there has lately been a “rash” of people undertaking construction projects in the town without having permits for the work. “It’s been a common thing lately, and is just very frustrating to me,” Williams said. She said she’s had four such instances of this in the past two weeks.
Williams said she typically doubles the permit fee for such violations, but she urged the board to consider quadrupling the fee in order to make an impact. “Doubling doesn’t seem to do much,” she said.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.