The Scotia Village Board will delay a vote on exceeding the tax cap until 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, when the trustees meet for a work session.
The announcement came at a village board meeting Wednesday night, after village resident Amanda Gonzalez-Barone spoke and offered a signed petition to the board requesting the delay and asking for more transparency regarding the budget.
No draft budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal cycle has been released.
By the time the meeting happened, she had over 150 signatures, Gonzalez-Barone said.
She said the board indicated a meeting would take place next week but did not say when, only learning of the date and time after The Gazette requested comment regarding the delay.
“I’ve been checking the village website schedule for any meetings that would pop up within the next few days,” she said. “Nothing is posted to the schedule. I’m not sure how they expect residents to know that a meeting is taking place, unless perhaps they intended the meeting to be behind closed doors.”
State Open Meetings law requires notice of meetings.
“If a meeting is scheduled at least a week in advance, notice must be given to the public and the news media not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting,” the law states. “Notice to the public must be accomplished by posting in one or more designated public locations.”
No meeting has been posted under the village’s events location on its website as of 5:30 p.m.
Gifford said the village will have a response to the petition either Thursday or Friday. As of 5:30 p.m. Thursday that response had not been sent.
Gifford had said that the vote is standard procedure and has been done every year for the last several years, even during years where the budget was under the cap.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained the incorrect date for the meeting. It will be held on Feb. 21.