Silver Creek adopts budget with cuts across the board

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Village Board’s work paid off with a .14 percent decrease in taxes for village residents.

The board held a special meeting Wednesday to adopt the preliminary budget. Mayor Nick Piccolo said there were cuts across the board to achieve the $.02 decrease in the tax rate.

The tax levy was calculated at $1,251,967 and the tax rate at $15.68 per $1,000 assessed value. It was noted this is $48,239 under the tax cap. The assessment for the village also decreased slightly from $79,934,071 last year to $79,903,291.

A look at the budget revealed a decrease of $3,000 from the court, $5,000 from the clerk’s office, $2,000 from plant operations, $3,000 from highway, $27,000 from road repair, 19,000 from street lighting, $2,000 from parks, $10,500 from storm sewers and $14,500 from debt service from the previous year.

Increases include $29,000 to contingency, $6,000 for garbage, $2,000 for shade trees and a $48,244 increase in benefits from 2012-2013.

Another change noted was $330,300 appropriated to the mayor’s contractual fund instead of the police budget. Piccolo said this allows the board to be flexible in its police coverage options.

He added he hopes a decrease in taxes will please the taxpayers.

“We tried to reduce costs and maintain services,” Piccolo said. “We did what we wanted to do. Hopefully, people will be happy. There are a lot of things going on in the village right now. Department heads have been instructed there will be no unnecessary spending this fiscal year or the beginning of the next fiscal year.”

The board will meet May 6 at 7 p.m. for its workshop and regular meeting.