Written by Joe Scotchie Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00
Year in and year out, local villages do their best to keep budgets as close to the bone as possible. The fiscal year 2013-14 is no different as the Village of Roslyn’s board of trustees passed a budget that decreased spending by a slim number. The final budget amounts to $4,450,621 in spending, a slight decrease from the $4,452,360 budget approved for 2012-2013.
The approved decrease represents the second consecutive year that the board has been able to decrease expenditures----a notable achievement under any circumstances.
The largest portion of the budget is Government Support. Here the board managed to secure $126,786 in savings. The second largest is Home & Community. Again, the board found savings amounting to $75,000. There were few increases in the Government Support budget. One modest increase came from the Deputy Village Clerk budget. Savings were found under such special items segments as Insurance ($5,000), Special Contractual Expense ($57,411) and such contingency items as Tax Certiorari ($55,000.)
Meanwhile, the Home & Community budget saw its $75,000 decrease coming entirely from the operation and maintenance of the Sewer System. The entire Sewer System budget amounts to $550,000 in this year’s budget.
Modest budget increases in the Public Safety budget came from funds for a parking meter attendant, three security officers and a clerk position. The board found $28,000 in savings from the Fire Department budget and from a parking meter and security officer position.
The Transportation budget saw increases in several laborer positions. There were decreases in equipment repairs and a Department of Public Works fund. The laborer increases caused the Transportation budget to see a $67,010 increase. Likewise, the Debt Service budget saw a modest $75,058 increase due to hikes in serial bond principal. Still, the board managed to see the overall budget actually decrease as careful government continues in the village.
The 2012-2013 budget saw spending decrease by $323,284, most of it coming from the retirement of an outstanding bond. More specifically, the debt service portion of the budget decreased by $392,266, with $305,000 coming from a serial bond segment and another $110,000.00 from budget notes principal portion.
Last year, the board was able to deliver a modest tax decrease to village residents. This year, the board approved a 1.19 percent revenue increase. Of the revenue needed to balance the budget, $3,352,091 was raised by real property taxes. Modest revenue is expected to come from parking meters and the municipal parking lot. At the same time, the village expects revenue shortfall in certain areas, including monies from the volunteer fire department insurance fund, building permits and justice court fines. In all, the General Fund Revenue budget is expected to see a $58,981 decrease from the previous fiscal year. That isn’t much, but it is why there is expected to be a small revenue increase.