Supervisor’s Report October 25, 2016
Last night the Town Board approved the Town’s 2017 Preliminary Budget. I believe it’s a fair document that will allow us to effectively provide essential Town services while maintaining an approach that is fiscally prudent and safeguards the use of taxpayer funds. Revenue projections are conservative with no increases projected for the County Sales Tax or the State Aid Mortgage Tax. The amount of total taxes to be levied is $9,091,811.00, a tax increase of 1.5%. This tax increase keeps us substantially below the New York State Property Tax Cap.
The 2017 Preliminary Budget includes funding for:
- Accounting software and audits;
- 5 new positions for the Department of Public Works – one in the Water Department, two at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, two in the Highway Department (one mechanic);
- $500,000 for the Luther Road sidewalk project; this is taken from fund balance in the General Fund with the understanding that 80% of the costs of this project will be reimbursed by the State of New York;
- Repayment of $683,794 in inter-fund borrowing from the General Fund;
- New Police and CSEA contract settlements;
- Security windows for the Receiver of Taxes and Town Clerk’s offices;
- A new website and telephone system for Town Hall;
- Additional funding for road paving;
- A cleaning process to reduce odor at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
For the first time, GEIS fees that have been collected since December 2015 are described separately on the Analysis of Fund Balance page. There is also an accounting of Inter-Fund borrowing. Funds for the Ambulance District have been held constant pending the negotiation of a new contract with the W.F. Bruen Rescue Squad. The salaries of elected officials remain the same with the exception of a 6.7% increase for the Town Justices. The Town Justices have not received a raise since 2007 despite a significant increase in their caseload. The Preliminary Budget can be reviewed by clicking the link below.
Note to Hampton Manor Residents: We haven’t scheduled the next meeting on the water situation in the Manor because we’re still awaiting the report from Utility Services, Inc. on the condition of the water tanks. That meeting will be scheduled as soon as get the report.
2017 Preliminary Budget
Town of East Greenbush Notice of Public Hearing
WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of East Greenbush, County of Rensselaer, State of New York, has been presented with a copy of the proposed Tentative Town Budget for the fiscal year 2017; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board is required to review the Tentative Budget and make any changes, alterations and revisions it considers advisable; and
WHEREAS, upon completion of the review, the Tentative Budget as modified by the Town Board becomes the Preliminary Budget and must be filed in the Town Clerk’s Office, and
WHEREAS, said review and filing should be completed prior to conducting a Public Hearing; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board is required to conduct a Public Hearing on the Preliminary Budget, including all Special Districts and the Water and Sewer rates contained therein, and said Hearing must be conducted on or before the Thursday following the November general election; and
WHEREAS, passage of this Resolution by the Town Board is not a statement of agreeing or disagreeing with any of the numbers nor tax rates contained therein, and binds no Board Member to vote for or against it, that changes affecting any rates can occur after said Public Hearing is held; and
WHEREAS, the Town Comptroller confirms the resolution will not have a negative impact to the Town’s finances;
now therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Town Board shall conduct a Public Hearing at 6:00 PM on November 3, 2016 at the East Greenbush Town Hall, located at 225 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, New York 12144, for the purpose of receiving public input on the proposed Preliminary Budget for the fiscal year 2017, including all Special Districts contained therein;
and be it further
RESOLVED, that if the Town Board does not meet and approve modifications by October 27, 2016, the 2017 Tentative Budget shall be accepted as the 2017 Preliminary Budget for the Public Hearing at 6:00 PM on November 3, 2016.
2017 Preliminary Budget
The proposed yearly 2017 salaries of elected officials of the Town are as follows:
Town Board- (x4) $10,000.00
Town Clerk- $45,499.00
Receiver of Taxes- $56,800.00
Town Justice- (x2) $32,259.00
By orders of the Town Board
HYDRANT/WATER MAIN FLUSHING SCHEDULE
General Water District
October 17 - MON – 3rd Ave Ext. and all streets off it. Deer Run Development, Birchwood Development, Flora Circle, Oriel Lane and August Gate Development.
October 18-TUE - Route 4 (Troy Rd) and all streets off it, Thompson Hill Rd. Rd., Tech Valley Dr., Paul and Glaz St., Old Red Mill Rd., Red Mill Estates, Luther Rd., Donna Lynn, Columbia Dr. Old Troy Road ending at Iroquois Pl.
October 19 - WED - All streets on north side of 9/20 between Elliot Rd and Schodack Town Line., Albany Pl., Tamarack Ln., Greenwood Dr., Electric Ave., Horizonview Dr., Includes Huntswood Est.
October 20 - THU - All streets on south side of 9/20 from Schodack Town Line Middlesex, Van Buren, Bloomingdale, Hays Rd., Taylor Estates, Kriss Krossing, Short end of Phillips Rd., Gilligan Rd., Ternan Ave,.
October 21- FRI - Phillips Rd., Sherwood Park and Woodland Park 9/20 and Barber Dr., Celeste Dr.,to Ridge Rd to Rensselaer City line, Prospect Hghts., Clinton Pk., City Line including all streets off it.
Hampton Manor Water District
October 25 TUESDAY - Complete flushing Hampton Manor Water District including Lakeview Ave.
Flushing will begin at 8:00 am. During flushing, water pressure will be reduced. Water may become discolored due to iron and manganese deposits in the mains. Residents should limit their use of water for cooking and laundering during flushing in their areas.
East Greenbush Water Department
The Public Hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 2016 have been rescheduled for November 16, 2016.
The following Public Hearing were for:
- Ratify and Affirm the Town of East Greenbush Land Subdivision Regulations and Further Amend Section 4 of the Town of East Greenbush Land Subdivision Regulations
The Town of East Greenbush teams up with the City of Rensselaer for Fall Shredder Day.
November 5th 2016
10 AM-1 PM
62 Washington Street Rensselaer, NY
Do you have confidential papers and files you need to dispose of?
See the link to flyer below.
Fall Shredder Day with Rensselaer