Another program of note to Skaneateles is a plan to freeze property taxes for residents of towns who keep spending below a 2 percent tax cap for two years and reduce spending over a five-year period. The residents of these towns will then receive a rebate from the state on their taxes.
Shrinking municipal spending is one of the state’s long term goals, DeSito said.
“The governor really wants to encourage either the consolidation or shared services between counties and school districts,” she said.
Town Councilor Nancy Murray said that the town of Skaneateles has been able to keep its budget increases under the cap for the past two years, though it is a difficult proposition.
The budget proposal includes millions for capital improvements to public access, parks and the environment. Included in this is $2.5 million for rehabilitation at the state fairgrounds in Solvay, a fishing access project in nearby Sempronius and a brownfield cleanup program.
More information on the proposed executive budget can be found on governor.ny.gov.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.