continued In 2010, Onondaga County significantly cut funds previously shared with the smaller governments when it changed its long-standing sales-tax agreement with towns and villages, so the village pared down its budget that year to $2,194,000.
Because of the loss of sales tax revenue, village taxes were raised for the first time in 14 years last year, although the total budget was just $2,223,428. Village taxes went up by approximately 22 percent, but that hike was offset somewhat by a decrease in the county tax rate.
“We were pleasantly surprised that year when our employees stepped up and suspended their agreed-upon salary increases, raises which were contractually guaranteed,” White said. “That helped the village weather its sudden loss.”
Over the past decade, the village had received about $550,000 annually from the county’s 4 percent sales tax. Over the next 10 years Liverpool will get just $281,000 per year. That’s its share of $4 million annually which the county will distribute among its 15 villages as part of a new Village Infrastructure Program.