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East Syracuse gears up to create a budget during its toughest financial year ever

Village board will hold a public hearing on April 15

— Derby said that the task force could potentially show up in East Syracuse at any time – one of the red flags to trigger a visit is a noticeably higher tax rate than other neighboring municipalities- which East Syracuse already has. (Fayetteville had a $6.70 tax rate from 2012-2013 and Minoa was at $8.95.) But the task force would only be there to present suggestions- the board members would be responsible for making the final decisions.

Not much had been accomplished with the budget as of the board’s meeting on April 1 because that was the first day Tackman and newly- elected trustees Carol Para and Daniel Wagner were officially in office. But the board is meeting during the next two weeks to put a preliminary plan together before a public hearing on April 15 at 7 p.m. The board will be making the budget public for the first time and all residents are encouraged to attend.

“We’re going to try our best for the village taxpayers,” Wagner said. “We hope everyone understands that some things have to be cut because we just can’t afford them.”

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