As Village Administrator, it is my responsibility to prepare a Tentative Budget for the Village of Nyack which is then reviewed by the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees, and amended as they see fit to advance the policies of the Board. The Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Village Administrator’s Tentative Budget for the Village of Nyack was filed with the Village Clerk pursuant to New York State Law, Section 5-504, on March 19th, 2013.
The Village Administrator’s Tentative Budget requests that the amount of $3,288,009.00 is raised by property taxes. This represents an increase in property taxes of 1.94075% over our previous fiscal year. This budget complies with the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees policy of working within the Governor’s recently enacted 2% tax cap.
In collaboration with Village Department Heads, I am submitting a feasible operating budget without reducing staffing or programming. This will allow us to maintain our physical plant, provide the administrative oversight and enforcement responsibilities our Village Code, continue a capital improvement program, and supply funding for vital services in our community.
At the request of the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees, in a preliminary budget discussion, I have included two part-time professional positions – that of Planner and Recreation Director. And one additional part-time staff member – Senior Clerk Typist – who will work with the Department of Public Works. These positions were approved in our previous fiscal year’s appropriations, and will now broaden in scope as we enter FY 2013-2014.
As many of our regional municipalities are facing significant financial difficulties, we too should be aware that the funding to support this budget is based on stringent financial constraints to provide the services listed in this tentative budget.
The following are the critical factors that we were required to meet in the development of the tentative budget:
- NYS Pension contributions increased by 5.17%
- Employee Benefits costs, including Health Care, have increased 5.58%
- Our Collective Bargaining Agreement requires wage increases of 1.75%
- Implementation of new staff positions listed above
- Our debt service repayment costs will increase by 9.91%
The total amount of proposed appropriations for all departments from all funding sources in the General Fund of the Village of Nyack is $5,524,744.00. The balance of funds aside from property taxes are collected in-part from state aid funds, sales tax revenue sharing with the County, mortgage taxes, building department fees, and transfers from our other Village departments which function under independent budgets.
The General Fund revenues of $5.5 million dollars supports the following broad areas of responsibilities; the maintenance, repair and snow removal of 13 miles of roadway and their supporting traffic control systems; the maintenance and repair of our storm water collection system; the operating and maintenance costs of 31,000 square feet of Village owned building facilities; the enforcement of our Village Code to provide a safe environment in which to live and work; the maintenance, operations and repair of 8.9 acres of village parks and open spaces for public use; and the salaries and associated benefits of a work force of 45 fulltime and 40 part-time staff to support these areas of responsibility.
The Tentative Budget represents the necessary costs of the operations of Village responsibilities. A proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) will be presented to the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees as well. The CIP will include, for their review and consideration: significant roadway repairs; equipment purchases for the Department of Public Works and upgrades to the computer systems in Village Hall; facilities improvements in Memorial Park which are in-line with its Master Plan; and an emergency generator for Village Hall.
I wish to thank the Village staff for their invaluable input and understanding during the development of this Tentative Budget. Our first goal was to maintain the policies of the Mayor and Village Board and Trustees. And it was the staff’s intention to provide the Board with a clear and transparent tentative budget that supports the operational needs of the various departmental functions.
James C. Politi,