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Village of Skaneateles proposes budget with 1 percent tax rate increase

The police department budget totals $492,948, a 1.37 percent increase. The bulk of the department’s budget is police officer salaries: $356,800. The budget also includes $35,000 for the purchase of a new car and $35,643 salary for the police clerk.

The fire department will receive a budget of $329,992 a 1.01 percent increase. Though the fire department is staffed by volunteers and pays for its vehicles through private donations, the village does pay for worker’s compensation, vehicle maintenance, equipment and other expenses.

The tentative water fund will be $412,444 and is expected to break even from metered sales in the village and income from the town districts.

The tentative sewer fund totals $588,242, a 9 percent decrease from the current budget. Revenue, mostly from sewer rents, is only expected to generate $429,475, and thus $158,762 from appropriated fund balance will be used to cover the remaining expenses.

Hubbard said the village would look at the budget more closely near the end of the fiscal year to see if any changes, such as a rate increase, would be necessary.

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

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