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Village board adopts 2012-13 budget with minimal change

— Without any commentary from the public, the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees moved swiftly through a public hearing on Thursday, April 12, and adopted the 2012-13 budget, which contains a 1.7 percent tax increase.

According to Mayor Marty Hubbard, there was only one change to the tentative budget since it was released to the public. The village is in receipt of a payment to the sewer fund, for inflow and infiltration, which the village received sooner than expected.

The $53,340 was listed as a reserve for the sewer fund in the tentative budget and will now go into the fund balance.

“The money merely came in early,” Hubbard said.

Overall, there are no dire changes or differences in the fund balance from last year, he said.

“I feel it’s better to be paying our bills than continuing to bond,” Hubbard added.

Though previously reported that the police station was budgeting $27,163.70 for a new car, Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said a new car was budgeted for last year and the department should be receiving the grant money for the vehicle soon.

There are no new vehicles budgeted for the 2012-13 fiscal year and the line item is listed because the grant had not been received when the budget was being put together.

Also at the meeting:

—The village board held a critical impact public hearing regarding a change of use for a building owned by Sonbyrne, Inc. at 36 Jordan St. The company was seeking a five-year pre-approval for the 2,417-square-foot space.

The approval includes no area or use variances and uses will not have any impact on the land, Hubbard said. Proposed uses will utilize existing space.

According to architect Bob Eggleston, the space has been difficult to lease and having a blanket approval may help get a business into the vacant space. The hope is to have someone move into the space and remain there.

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