GENESEO – The Village Board unanimously passed their budget for 2017-2018 Monday night which includes a 70 percent decrease in code enforcement costs.
The cost of ‘code enforcement,’ one line item that composes the over $30,000 budget for the village code enforcement office, will drop from $9,400 in 2016-2017 to $3,000 in 2017-2018 due to the Village terminating their contract with the Town of Geneseo to share code enforcement services. The new budget includes few changes from 2016-2017. Taxes will increase from $7.05 per $1,000 to $7.11 per $1,000.
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“The budget is about as flat as flat can be,” said Mayor Dick Hatheway. “If you owned a $150,000 home, your taxes would go up $9, that’s less than a 1 percent increase from last year.”
Salary and wages for Zoning will drop substantially, from $6,000 to $1,400, representing a 76.66 percent decrease.
Salary and wages for several other Village employees will change slightly.
Village justices will receive a $5,000 salary increase, a 7.69 percent increase.
The clerk/treasurer’s salary will drop from $45,500 to $38,400, a 2.40 percent decrease.
There will be no salary increases for any Village Board members.
The Village Police Department’s total budget will increase from $776,385 to $784,080, a 4.11 percent increase.
The Village Fire Department’ total budget will increase from $130,000 to $142,500, a 9.61 percent increase, but the Village Ambulance budget will drop from $292,000 to $192,000, a 36 percent decrease.
The Village’s total ‘revenues and other sources’ will be $3,003,895, down 1.61 percent from last year.