Proposed East Syracuse budget calls for a 26% increase in taxes

Tax rate would be the highest in the county at $17.01

— “Word never got out that taxes would go up 26 percent if we didn’t keep the police department,” said Mosley. “It costs three times more per hundred thousand [of assessed property value] here than it does in Fayetteville. I don’t know how you expect people to afford to live in the village.”

Tackman said that he would look into suggestions about putting the vote out to the public again to potentially eliminate the police department. But as of now, it’s too little, too late. By the time the budget needs to be passed, there wouldn’t be time for another vote in the village.

Julia Kanaley stood up and asked him if her village would be annexed to the town of Dewitt. Tackman replied that the bonds the village has been paying since the renovations of its municipal building were completed in 2004 will be paid off next year. Once those bonds are fully paid, he thinks the village will be able to breathe more easily.

“It’s not my goal [for the village to be annexed,’] said Tackman. We’ll have some money coming towards us once two of our bonds are paid off at the end of next year. There are no plans for new bonds to be taken out, so if we can get through next year, the bonds will be released.”

Robert Byrne stood up and asked if it would be possible to reassess East Syracuse in order to get more accurate numbers and potentially offset some of its proposed tax increases. Village clerk Pat Derby said that the village would need to appeal to the town of Dewitt to have it done. She said it’s required that each village be reassessed every six years and that 2008 was the last time East Syracuse had an assessment done. As of now, she said, the village’s taxable assessed value is about $18 million.

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