Northern Onondaga County towns OK budgets

All three towns have approved their final budgets for the 2013 fiscal year. Residents in all three towns will see increases in their taxes at varying levels. All budgets will be implemented as of Jan. 1, 2013.

Both Clay and Salina were able to keep their tax levy increases under the state’s 2 percent tax cap, despite passing laws to go beyond the cap as a precaution. The town of Cicero, however, will see a 5.5 percent increase.

Read on to learn about your town’s 2013 budget.

Town of Cicero

Cicero Supervisor Jim Corl said he hoped the 2013 budget would help put the town back on the path to fiscal solvency after years of overreliance on its fund balance, coupled with a significant loss in county sales tax revenue, declining home sales, failing infrastructure and rising pension and benefit costs.

“In my opinion, this is the most difficult budgetary cycle in the history of the town of Cicero,” Corl said.

The 2013 budget is $11,481,093, up 4.71 percent from 2012’s budget of $10,964,724. Of that amount, $6,916,471 must be raised through property taxes. That’s up 5.5 percent from last year, or $18.76 per $100,000 of assessed value (about $1.56 a month).

“I do want to reiterate the fact that we were able to get a budget adopted that represents a decrease in spending from the prior year,” Corl said. “There is an increase in taxes of about $18 for a $100,000 house, but overall, spending did go down.”

The upcoming budget includes money to revamp the town’s 130 miles of roads, nearly a quarter of which need to be updated.

“In recent years, the town has done work on approximately two to three miles per year,” Corl said. “At that rate, we will not make headway, and our roads will continue to crumble.”

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