BATAVIA – The City Council met Tuesday with only one item on the agenda, but it was an expensive one, caused by a mandated burden on municipal governments: rising contributions to the state employees pension system.
Through a series of 32 budget transfers and use of reserve funds, the Council approved adding about $105,000 to its current year’s contribution to the New York State and Local Retirement system. Another $25,000 had to be added for this year’s rise in expected workers’ compensation premiums.
City Manager Jason R. Molino, in a review of present and future municipal finances two months ago, warned that retirement costs have unpredictably ranged from a 29 percent decrease two years ago to a 62 percent increase ($378,000) the following year.
The Council also was given a preview of this year’s “Taste of the Holidays,” a two-day event staged by the Batavia Business Improvement District. It will be held the weekend of Nov. 30, with activities that include a Christmas tree lighting and horse-and-carriage rides. Vendors will have a heated tent in a downtown parking lot.