Miller Park, resource protection highlight Canandaigua town budget

Among the highlights Canandaigua town residents can expect next year are improvements to Miller Park, the passive recreational park that has been in the works for several years.

Work has begun on a parking area in anticipation of the addition of walking trails and gazebo at the site at the corner of state Route 21 and County Road 32, according to Town Manager Doug Finch.

“Miller Park’s definitely on our radar screen,” Finch said. “We’re excited about that.”

Funding for the work, as well as cost sharing with the City of Canandaigua on programs, natural resource protection and roads projects, is included in the town’s $10,986,269 spending plan for 2018, which the Town Board unanimously adopted earlier this month.

The budget includes a 1-cent increase in the tax rate for the general and highway funds to 91 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. That means a resident with a home with an average assessed value of $275,000 will pay a $250 town property tax bill.

Supervisor Greg Westbrook said the town will continue to provide high-quality services while remaining under the state tax cap.

“I think our team did a great job in working together on a budget that represents continued efficiencies for our operation in the town of Canandaigua,” Westbrook said.

The total tax levy for 2018 is $2,851,308, which is up $101,511 from the current tax levy. The state tax cap would enable the town to levy a $2.9 million levy and still be compliant, Finch said.

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