ILAN D. GILBERT
I am pleased to announce the submission of the 2020 Tentative Budget that has been filed with the Town Clerk, Diana L. Quast. I would like to highlight some key components of my proposed 2020 budget. First and foremost, I would indicate that the rate of increase for the General, Highway, and Library Funds is 2.53%. This number is less than the prior two adopted budgets - that of 2018 which was 2.80% under the prior administration, and that of 2019 which was 2.65% in my first year of office. Secondly, I am proud that while my proposed budget has kept the tax levy under the state mandated dollar amount for the tax cap, I have been able to provide needed resources and materials for our Town government.
As we have expanded the demands on our Parks and Recreation Department by the construction of new facilities, the need for additional laborers is critical. Last year, my administration was the first to increase this department’s staff in over 15 years, and we are now able to hire an additional laborer this year for the Parks and Recreation Department within the General Fund.
Some other highlights of this budget are much needed increases to the drainage, paving, and salt lines in the Highway Department, four new vehicles for the Police Department, additional funding for street light repair, two generators and a backhoe for the Water Department, as well as a long overdue needed packer truck for the Refuse and Recycling Department. Once again, I emphasize these additional items were all included in this 2020 Tentative Budget and we remain well below the tax cap limitations set by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
I would like to thank the Department Heads and their staffs for their hard work providing exemplary services to all Town residents while keeping costs to an absolute minimum. This budget will enable us to address necessary projects as set forth in our five-year Capital Projects Plan.