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Village of Skaneateles adopts 2013-14 budget

Includes 1 percent increase in tax rate

The budget for the current fiscal year has $79,798 in appropriated fund balance that it may not have to use. This leftover reserve money could be used in coming years to pay debts from past capital projects, to balance budgets or to help fund new projects, such as the upcoming improvements needed to the village water system, Hubbard said.

The 2013-14 budget includes $96,200 of appropriated fund balance to balance the remaining increase in expenses not covered by property tax or state and county aid programs.

In other business:

--The village received a letter from Jim Buff, President of the Skaneateles Fire Department, requesting that the fire siren be reinstalled behind the old police office, as was agreed upon at a March 5 meeting with village officials.

The letter states the terms of an agreement reached at that meeting: “The department feels the agreement to reduce the number of blows to six from 13 for fires and MVAs (motor vehicle accidents) and reduce from six to one for EMS calls, and to work with 911 to reduce the number of non-emergency calls, is a big compromise, and one the community can live with.”

The mayor and trustees did not comment on the letter.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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