From the desk of:
Keith A. Langley, Supervisor
Town of East Greenbush
I hope that everyone is having a great summer. So far, our summer at Town Hall and throughout our various Departments within the Town has been busy. We have had a great first two weeks at camp. From calls that we have received and in talking to summer camp staff, camp is yet again a huge success! I would like to thank all counselors and the campers for being a part of our camp this year!
It is that time of year where we begin putting together the annual Town Budget. Departments are hard at work generating their budget proposals. Over the past few years we have made progress paying back the money the general fund borrowed from the sewer fund in the amount of $1 million. In 2014, the Town was able to increase cash funds by over $2 million from $3.1 to $5.3. The General fund improving from $750,000 in 2013 to $1,000,000 in 2014. This was not done overnight. It was accomplished by:
-Strict management of the Town funds and spending. We stopped spending what we did not have, meaning we receipted the revenue before we spent it.
-GEIS fees were recorded properly, no longer put into a “reserve” account. Escrow funds were appropriately allocated to pay for developers instead of the tax payer funds.
-Our revenues were also greater than anticipated,
-Mortgage tax was approximately $96,000 greater than budgeted,
-Building Inspection collected fees in the amount of approximately $97,000 over
-Sales Tax Revenue was approximately $170,000 over amount budgeted
We are in a much better position than when I took office in January 2012, and we still have more work to do, but it can be done if we continue being responsible.
On Monday, July 13, 2015, I had the privilege of attending the swearing in ceremony of the three newest recruits to the East Greenbush Police Department. It was great to be a part of this ceremony. At a Special Town Board meeting held on July 9, 2015, Josh Witko, Jessica Pastore and Ed Ashley were appointed by the Board to the Police Department. Both Josh and Jessica are graduates of Columbia High School and started the Police Academy this week and we wish them lots of luck! Ed is a lateral transfer from Fort Plain Police Department and will begin with the East Greenbush Police Department in August. We are looking forward to having each one of these officers on our Police Force representing the Town.
I hope that everyone enjoys the rest of their summer. Stay safe and have fun.