Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00
If budgets on the higher levels of government were as disciplined as those on the village level, then just imagine the prosperity Americans might enjoy. The board of trustees of the Village of Roslyn Harbor recently approved a 2013-2014 budget, one that continues a pattern of decreased expenditures.
This year’s budget amounts to $938,844 in spending, down slightly from last year’s budget of $986,207, not to mention 2011-2012’s budget of $1,083,828.
The spending decrease is real, but slight, and the board found savings mostly from the legal, engineering and buildings segments of the budget. The legal budget, for instance, will decrease by $20,000. There were also savings from community beautification and off street parking and public safety. The engineering budget dropped from $10,000 to $6,000 and the buildings budget saw its small decrease from $20,000 to $15,000. Meanwhile, the community beautification decrease was from $309,000 o $10,000, a hefty, by village standards, reduction in savings.
Since the budget is modest, the savings were modest, but they did allow the village to decrease savings and balance the books. Some portions of the budget did see spending increases. That included the auditor portion of the budget, plus the fire department and the sanitation expenses. But they too were minor. The fire department, for instance, increased from $177,325 to $199,269. The auditor budget only increased from $8,600 to $11,450.
On the revenue side, property taxes accounted for $587,520, which, as always, represents the bulk of the savings. The tentative assessed value stands at $1,131,039. While spending saw a decrease, the revenue rate will increase by a modest two percent.