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Budget Hearing - April 6, 2020

BUDGET HEARING 2020-2021

WAS HELD VIA ZOOM and AVAILABLE THROUGH the YOUTUBE LINK:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnyFstcqshRUfoPSgKucQuA?view_as=subscriber

ON THE VILLAGE OF BABYLON WEBSITE:

www.villageofbabylonny.gov

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

PRESENT:

Mayor Ralph A. Scordino

Trustee Kevin S. Muldowney

Trustee Robyn Silvestri

Trustee Mary E. Adams

Village Attorney Gerard Glass

Village Treasurer Andrew Reichel

Village Clerk Jean Marie Parker

Deputy Village Clerk Jeannine Finelli

ABSENT:

Trustee Anthony J. Davida

The meeting opened at 7:00 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Muldowney.

Mayor Scordino greeted all and commented on the new frontier for the Village of Babylon as important safety measures were taken to keep everyone safe during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting was held remotely via Zoom and is available to be viewed through the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnyFstcqshRUfoPSgKucQuA?view_as=subscriber on the Village website, www.villageofbabylonny.gov.  The Mayor stated that any questions or comments can be emailed by April 20th, 2020 to: babylonbudget@villageofbabylonny.gov.

The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

PLEASE BE ADVISED the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 6, 2020, at 7:00 P.M. in the Municipal Building, 153 West Main Street, Babylon, New York, to take and hear comments relating to the tentative budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021.  Questions and comments concerning the tentative budget can also be emailed to: babylonbudget@villageofbabylonny.gov

Immediately following the Budget Hearing, the Annual Organizational Meeting will be held.

A copy of the tentative budget will be available through the Office of the Village Clerk as of Friday, March 20th, 2020, during the business hours of 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, by calling (631) 669-1500. A copy of the tentative budget will also be available on our website, www.villageofbabylonny.gov .

The compensation proposed in said budget for the Mayor is $15,000 per year and $7,500 per year for each Trustee.

Just a reminder to Village Residents: as we periodically put information in our Newsletters and on our Website regarding Stormwater Management updates, Chapters 305 & 306 of our Village Code outlines requirements and procedures pertaining to Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment control as required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  The required Stormwater Management MS4 Annual Report for the period ending March, 2019 is available on our website as well as through the Office of the Village Clerk. Residents are encouraged to review these documents and if you should have any questions please do not hesitate to call.

**PLEASE NOTE**: 

THIS MAY CHANGE BASED ON ANY UPCOMING DIRECTIVES FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK.  ANY UPDATES WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE

The Mayor stressed that the Board takes the budget very seriously. The Treasurer, along with the various department heads, the Trustees, and the Budget Committee have been working on this budget since January to submit to the Village Clerk by March 20th.

The Village Treasurer, Andrew Reichel, explained the proposed budget for 2020-21:

The total expenditures for 2020-21 are budgeted at $11,888,817, which is a 5.31% increase from the prior year.  This increase is due in part to:

-          Salary increases (full-time, part-time, and overtime)

-          Legal expenses (current and anticipated)

-          Central Garage (due to the aging fleet of vehicles and equipment)

-          Unallocated Insurance (increases such as Fire Department cancer coverage, general liability insurance and other insurance policies)

-          Street Maintenance (cost to repair the aging fleet of equipment)

-          Highway (improvements due to increased utilization of NYS CHIPS funds)

-          New York State Retirement Insurance rate increases

-          Fire Department LOSAP contributions

-          Debt Service increases based on outstanding debt.

Although there are some anticipated revenue increases, due to the current COVID-19 environment, we have to wait to see what comes in.

The proposed tax rate is 15.23%, which equates to an increase from last year of approximately .30¢ per 100 in assessed value.  Even though the tax rate increased, it is still within the Governor’s tax cap percentage and does not override the tax cap limit.

The Treasurer reiterated that he will respond to any questions, comments or concerns that are emailed by April 20th to babylonbudget@villageofbabylonny.gov.

Trustee Adams, a member of the Budget Committee, explained that the committee met several times and reviewed the budget line by line.  She thanked Andrew for accommodating the committee meeting times and for clarifying things, and stated that working with residents on the committee afforded different perspectives, questions, and ideas.

The Mayor spoke about the tax rate remaining the same for the past six years with a 0% increase in State Aid.  He commended the Treasurer and the department heads for working to help keep taxes as low as possible.

The Mayor and the Trustees all thanked the Treasurer and the Budget Committee for their efforts and for presenting a budget that has kept increases to a minimum while still affording all the services we have been accustomed to. 

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 P.M.

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