At a recent public meeting, the Village of Roslyn board of trustees approved its 2009-2010 budget, one that calls for $4,606,477 in appropriations. As with budgets all across Long Island, the document for 2009-2010 tries to be as lean as possible. Appropriations are only slightly higher than 2008-2009's spending totals of $4,403,688.
The budget also calls for $2,944,228 to be raised in real property taxes. The overall increase in the tax rate amounts to 9.75 percent.
The largest segment of the budget belongs to Government Support, which is set for $1,097,753 in expenditures, a decrease from $1,163,556 that was spent in the 2008-09 fiscal year. Following close behind is the Home & Community budget, which amounts to $1,071,989 in spending, up from last year's numbers of $805,200.
The Employee Benefit budget will also see a decrease in spending, with $305,652 appropriated in this year's budget, as opposed to $325,000 in 2008-2009. A major portion of that decrease will come from the New York State Retirement fund. Meanwhile, the always-miniscule Culture & Recreation budget is set at $1,000, down from $1,500 in last year's budget.
Both the Public Safety and Transportation budgets will see miniscule increases in spending. Public Safety, which includes the Fire Department and Safety Inspection budgets, amounts to $718,157, up from last year's total of $706,647. The Transportation budget, which includes snow removal and street maintenance, totals $499,779, an increase over last year's budget of $492,009.
The Debt Service budget is set also for a small increase, from $909,726 in last year's budget, to $912,147 for this year's document.
Concerning specific items, the Village Justice budget segment of Government Support will see a modest decrease of $7,297 in spending. The Clerk Treasurer budget will see its own significant decrease of $157,356 in spending. Other decreases will come from the Fire Department budget, which is down $4,404 from last year. The budget will eliminate both a security officer and superintendent of building position, but will add on a code enforcement officer and a compliance officer. In the Transportation budget, the village will add on laborer position, while cutting the cost of another laborer salary. Also being eliminated is the Personal Services segment of the budget for the Mayor's office.
On the revenue side, the village hopes to raise funds from the usual sources: fees, permits, licenses, and fines. For instance, the village has scheduled $90,000 to be raised from Meter fines, $70,000 from Parking Lot permits, and $45,000 from Building permits. In addition, Justice Court fines hope to bring in $215,000 in revenue.
The budget also estimates that revenue from the Rental of Real Property ($83,616) exceeds that of last year's total, which came to $41,315. A similar increase is hoped for from the Volunteer Fire Department Insurance fee ($85,293), one that is significantly higher than last year's $56,210 figure. The village estimates that its Mortgage Tax revenue of $85,000 will exceed last year's similar revenue of $77,988.
At the same time, the budget is estimating significant decreases in revenues from some departments and in some cases, no revenue at all. Last year, the village raised $5,246 from Insurance Recoveries. This year, it expects no revenue from that same source. Also last year, $1,250 was raised from 'Unclassified' Tree revenues. This year, only $300.00 is expected from that category.