Silver Creek’s budget revealed

SILVER CREEK – Two public hearings were held at the start of the Silver Creek Village Board meeting Monday.

The first was to pass the local law to override the tax cap. Mayor Nick Piccolo read the law which will allow the village to go over the tax cap for the 2013-14 budget year.

“Our intent is to go below but we have been advised to do this as many other communities have. … We are doing this for the protection of the village and the taxpayers,” he said.

Resident Nancy Clees asked how much over the tax cap the village will go. Piccolo said they hope to be under the cap but would not go over the cap more than 2 percent.

The override was unanimously passed by the board.

Piccolo also introduced the preliminary 2013-14 budget, with the amount to be raised by taxes at $1,294,000.85. Piccolo said this is below the tax levy cap of $1,300,206 for the village. He added the assessment went up $30,000 to around $79 million.

He said this levy would make the tax rate $16.20 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

Piccolo charted the tax rate from 2008 saying it has gone from $15.14 in 2008-09 up to $15.32 in 2009-10, up again to $15.54 in 2010-11, down in 2011-12 to $15.52 and then up again in 2012-13 to $15.68.

Piccolo said the board will meet on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the village hall for a budget workshop.

“We are going to try to trim the budget down so there is no increase for taxpayers,” he explained.

The board also opened bids for phase III of the waterline replacement project.

There were 10 bids ranging from $1,621,575 from Fairway Contracting to $1,222,325 from Vizone Construction. The board tabled the bids for further consideration.

The board also heard a budget presentation from Silver Creek Superintendent of Schools Daniel Ljiljanich and Business Administrator Cindy Mackowiak.

They explained the total budget of $20,477,618 is two-thirds funded by state aid.

The district has put forth a 2.7 percent levy increase for a total levy of $5,661,824.

They will also use $1.6 million in fund balance and reserves to offset the levy.

The full-value tax rate would come out to $17.76 per $1,000 assessed value, a $0.47 increase.

The budget vote is May 21 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the high school lobby. In addition to the budget, voters will decide whether to expend $118,978 from the capital vehicle reserve on a bus as well as create another capital vehicle reserve for up to $850,000. Two school board seats are also up for election.

The Silver Creek Village Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the village hall. The board will also hold another meeting to adopt the budget may 1 at 7 p.m.

The board’s next regular meeting will be held May 6. The clerk’s office will be closed April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all day May 2 for training.