SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Village Board on Wednesday evening approved a 2013-14 budget that calls for a small tax decrease of two cents from the current rate.
Mayor Nick Piccolo said cuts were made across the board. “Police, streets and especially the Fire Department all had cuts,” he said.
The budget totals $1.25 million. In order to stay under the tax cap imposed by the state, the village needed to bring in a budget of less than $1.3 million.
The tax rate will be $15.66 per $1,000 of assessed value. Property in the village is valued at $79.93 million. There was a slight increase of about $30,000 in assessed value since last year.
Piccolo said he did not call for an increase in water or sewer rates in the new budget. “We have not heard from the Erie County Water Authority yet,” he explained. The village’s water rates are dependent on the charges from the authority, which provides the water sources.
The controversy over keeping the Police Department at its full-time status in the village is expected to remain on the table.
The mayor explained that rather than set up a Police Department budget, he had an account created called “the mayor’s contractual” account for the purpose of public safety. The $330,000 account could be used toward the local Police Department or for payment on a contract with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
A presentation from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace on the costs and coverage for a contract with his department was presented to the village Tuesday.
The matter may be on the agenda for the board’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building.