Northern Onondaga County towns OK budgets

Corl said it is imperative that the project be undertaken as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration.

“Waiting even just a couple of years to fix roads would result in a dramatic increase in costs,” he said.

The final budget was passed at the town’s Oct. 24 board meeting, thus avoiding last year’s last-minute Sunday afternoon debacle in which the board had to call a special weekend meeting in order to pass the budget in time for the state’s deadline.

“We wanted to get ours passed prior to Election Day,” Corl said. “I’d like to set that trend of passing it early like the county does. I think that’s better for our constituents.”

The full budget is available at ciceronewyork.net.

Town of Clay

The town of Clay, meanwhile, approved its budget at its Nov. 7 board meeting, just after Election Day. The $12,826,529 budget represents an increase of $826,309 from 2012, but it is down $109,390 from 2011. Residents in the town will pay an additional $13.78 per $100,000 of assessed value for a house outside the village of North Syracuse, which amounts to about $1.17 a month. Those inside the village will pay an additional $4.43 per $100,000 of assessed value, or less than $0.50 per month.

“We got under the tax cap, so that’s very positive, and we did that largely by tweaking our special district budgets,” said Supervisor Damian Ulatowski.” We did a lot of consolidations to those earlier this year. For example, our hydrant districts, we got down from 67 to 1. We were able to save some money there.”

Ulatowski gave credit to the fire districts that work with the town of Clay for keeping costs low.

“What I think is really important to point out to the public is that, for the second year in a row, all of our fire districts came in with a 0 percent increase,” he said. “They recognize the sensitivity of the tax impact, so they really sharpened their pencils and came to the table, which we really appreciate. They deserve to be recognized for that.”

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