Town of Skaneateles approves 2019 budget, lake monitoring funds increased

The town of Skaneateles voted to approve the final budget for 2019 during a regular board meeting Monday night.

Prior to opening a public hearing on the proposed preliminary budget, Budget Officer Bridgett Winkelman gave an overview of the 2019 budget.

“The town board has worked very hard to meet the needs of the residents with fiscal responsibility always in mind,” Winkelman said.

The 2019 budget includes total town appropriations of $4,395,980, about a 15-percent increase from last year’s $3,825,486. Although there is a sizable increase, Winkelman previously explained that the budget is being offset by reserve funds so the amount to be raised by taxes is not increasing as drastically.

The amount of town appropriations to be made up of by real property taxes is $2,750,479, which Winkelman said is just over a 1-percent increase from last year’s budget. The tax rate for the four major funds, she added, actually went down more than 7 percent and the 2019 tax rate is $2.10 per $1,000 as opposed to $2.28 per $1,000 last year.

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