continued Several residents at the meeting expressed concern over the idea that they could potentially have to pay almost the same amount this year for reduced police services. Currently, the village has two police officers on each shift at all times.
“The tax rate that we’re going to pay to the town of DeWitt is probably going to more than offset what the village residents are saving,” said ONE RESIDENT. “Our tax rate in the village will go down, but it’s not really going to reduce the taxes being paid by East Syracuse residents. We’re just going to be paying the town instead of the village.”
Tackman explained that the village is currently paying about $1.1 million a year to operate its police department. The inter-municipal agreement is for $375,000 over the next four years and is based on the estimate that the cost for taking the officers and providing the extended services will be approximately $775,000. This will be achieved from increased town tax revenues from the village of $400,000 and $375,000 in the agreement. So if the new local law is approved by the voters, East Syracuse residents can expect to pay at least $400,000 in taxes to the town next year as well as $375,000 to the village. But instead of paying $1.1 million, the village could potentially save more than $300,000 and only have to pay $775,000 in 2014-15.
However, Tackman said that the $775,000 figure does not include costs from an impact bargain with the Police Benevolent Association, which is still being negotiated, and the cost of running the department from June 1 to Dec. 31, which the board is still working to determine. The village estimates that if voters decide to keep the department, the tax rate will go up to at least $18.48. If the department is abolished, it could bring the tax rate down as much as two or three dollars. The current tax rate is $16.41, the highest in Onondaga County.