City Council vote nears for Canandaigua budget

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City Council may have a 2019 spending plan to consider adopting when it meets again Dec. 6.

The $15,322,791 budget as it stands Friday includes a $5,232,188 tax levy, which is 3.63 percent over the current tax levy of $5,048,800. The tax rate would climb 2. 4 percent, from $6.93 per $1,000 of assessed value to $7.09.

If the budget is adopted next week as is, the average home assessed at $166,000 would see a $27.63 increase in the tax bill next year, from $1,149.78 this year to $1,177.42.

The latest figures come Thursday night after the last of six scheduled budget workshops and a public hearing in November. This has been a “very difficult” budget process, the most difficult in some time, according to City Manager John Goodwin.

“I think we’re there,” Goodwin said. “We’re trying to address the needs of the community while trying to be fair to the taxpayer.”

The proposed budget already had included funding for two new firefighters for 2019, with the cost split evenly with the town of Canandaigua. The latest version of the spending plan before City Council includes $25,000 more for a third firefighter, which would up the roster to 13 until the retirement of a firefighter in April. That position would then be replaced by the “third” firefighter, Goodwin said.

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