Niskayuna

Proposed Niskayuna budget includes 2 percent tax cut

Spending up slightly
Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry.
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Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

NISKAYUNA — Supervisor Joe Landry last week proposed a 2018 budget that would result in a 2 percent tax cut for residents.

The tentative $15 million spending plan is up nearly $11,000 from the current year’s budget.

“The goal of this town budget has been to be fiscally responsible while maintaining the services critical to protecting and improving the quality of life in our town,” Landry said in a prepared statement accompanying the proposed spending plan.

To that end, there are additions to some budget lines and reductions to others. Spending by the town clerk’s office, which ballooned from $107,253 in 2016 to $143,422 in 2017, will return to a more modest $118,664 next year, under Landry’s proposed plan.

The police budget would increase by nearly $100,000, and community programs spending is scheduled to see a bump of $55,875. The parks budget is slated to be at its lowest point in at least four years at $485,263. The senior recreation budget line will go from $174,796 to $105,500, a reduction of $69,296.

A little more than $3.2 million is allocated for employee benefits, including insurance and retirement payments.

In the statement that precedes the budget document, Landry emphasized the town’s strong bond rating, which allowed the town to refinance some of its bonds. The statement also touts savings stemming from the partnerships with the Unified Communications Center.

State grant money has also allowed for the completion of town improvements, including solar permitting, a new fueling station and the construction of multi-use path connections at Zenner soccer fields and the soon-to-open Flower Hill path.

Copies of the proposed budget can be obtained from the town’s website at niskayuna.org on the Comptroller Department page. Copies may also be obtained from the town clerk’s office. Over the next month, there will be a number of opportunities to participate in public workshops about the proposed budget. 

A workshop that starts at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 will cover a budget overview and will specifically discuss spending on parks, community programs and seniors, town justices, receiver of taxes, town assessor, town clerk, town attorney, town comptroller, building, planning and zoning and miscellaneous topics.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., the workshop will focus on information technology, public works, transportation and the Police Department.

On Thursday, Nov. 2, there will likely be a public hearing. The board is expected to adopt a 2018 budget at its regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 16.

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