Manlius After a public hearing on April 15, the Manlius village board gathered again on April 30 to present the finalized 2013-14 budget, which calls for a tax rate of $7.90 per $1,000 of assessed home value. This increase is 30 cents more than last year, and means a resident with a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $32 more starting on June 1.
Mayor Paul Whorrall said that when it came down to it, the board had to make a choice of whether or not it wanted to raise taxes and start projects that should have been started over the last few years or let the rate stay the same and continue to ignore problems that need to be fixed.
“Over the past few years, we’ve had so many things that just haven’t been done,” Whorrall said. “We decided that if we wanted to get streets paved and roofs fixed on buildings, we needed to start building our budget back. [The projects] are going to cost us more the longer we wait and don’t raise taxes.”
Whorrall said that the board discussed whether or not to cut the village’s Fourth of July celebration to offset the tax increase. In the end, it was decided that raising taxes and keeping the things that make Manlius what is was more important than keeping the rate the same.
“If we told people we’re going to cut the Fourth of July unless everybody donates $32, we’d have people pouring in here to donate for the Fourth of July,” Whorrall said. “It’s no different than just raising the taxes.”
Whorrall said he was forced to make some drastic cuts, including cutting some positions and restricting the Department of Public Works to no extra summer help this year. But in the end, he wants to keep the things that make Manlius such a special place to live.
“We’re raising taxes to continue to give people what they expect from the village,” he said. “We’re doing what we have to do to keep the village out of disrepair.”