Seneca Supervisors to vote on 2018 budget adoption

WATERLOO — Following a public hearing, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors will vote on adoption of a 2018 county budget Tuesday.

The proposed budget is $77.2 million, a 0.7 percent increase over the 2017 budget of $76.7 million.

The tax levy is at $9.8 million, a 1.7 percent increase over the 2017 tax levy of $9.6 million.

Sales tax revenue is projected to rise by 6.5 percent to $24.5 million and gaming revenue from the del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre is projected to increase from $1.5 to $2.5 million.

The budget maintains current county services and is compliant with the state’s tax levy cap requirements.

Later in the agenda, the board will consider a motion to adopt the spending plan.

Other motions before the board include:

• Contracts with Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes in Tyre for $5,000, the five public libraries in the county for $15,000 each, and with Beverly Animal Shelter in Fayette for $42,000.

• Authorizing the release of a judgment lien on property at 84 Auburn Road, Seneca Falls. The judgment is based on past due taxes on the property, owned by James Tydings, dating to prior to 2014. Tydings wants to sell the property to Frederick Parish for $1 if Parish pays the post-judgment delinquent taxes in exchange for the lien release. The sale would facilitate the return of the property to useful and tax-paying status. It is the former Calkins Tire Co., vacant for years.

• Approval of 2 percent salary increases for county employees not represented by a union and whose job titles are not included on any salary schedule. Also, the county historian, STOP-DWI coordinator, fire coordinator and medical director would get a 3 percent salary hike. They all earn less than $20,000.

• Creating and filling an additional water and sewer district operator position at a cost of $81,767 in salary and benefits.

• Authorization to issue a Request For Proposals for the design, engineering and project management of Phase 2 of the facilities master plan. Phase 2 involves the move of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Departments from Thurber Drive to the current Office of the Aging space in the County Office Building.

• Considering a motion to introduce a proposed local law that would ban new waste management facilities in the county and schedule a public hearing for 6 p.m. Jan. 9.

• Allocating $54,000 to the county Industrial Development Agency to support its economic development activities in 2018. That is the same amount allocated in 2017.

• Adopting a policy to set the annual appropriation to the Chamber of Commerce as the county’s tourism promotion agency at 90 percent of the room tax revenue, not to exceed $350,000.

Under presentations, the board will have the state Labor Department present a “No. 1 in service to veterans award” to Finger Lakes Works; hear about the proposed wellness trail connecting the County Office Building to the new Health and Aging Services building next door; and hear from Michael Palumbo of Seneca Depot LLC who will speak on the proposed waste-to-energy facility in the town of Romulus.

Petitioners on the agenda are Jim Santos, Seneca County special patrol officer, on a pay increase for special patrol officers, and county treasurer-elect Frank Sinicropi.

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