Looking past the budget, we are also reviewing options to address several important issues with huge implications for taxpayers beyond 2013. Mandated programs must be streamlined and managed more cost-efficiently, runaway public safety expenses must be slowed down and we need to act on a viable solution for Van Duyn, which is forecast to cost county taxpayers more than $10 million next year.
Despite the difficulties for all municipalities in New York State over the last few years, Onondaga County is in solid financial condition and poised for future challenges. The bottom line is that the legislature has adopted a fiscally-conservative budget with real, sustainable cuts in spending without inflating revenue. While most towns and villages will benefit from this reduced spending plan next year, all municipalities will benefit equally in 2014.
Am I fully satisfied with the results? Not entirely, but I am very pleased we are heading in the right direction.
Brian May represents the First District, which includes the Town of Lysander and the western portion of the Town of Clay.