An auditor gave East Aurora a clean bill of financial health after finding sufficient reserves, money set aside for the new fire station and more sales tax revenue than expected in the fiscal year that ended in May.
“That’s it? Nobody’s going to jail?” joked Mayor Allan Kasprzak after a summary of the findings at a Monday night Village Board meeting.
“I have no bad news,” said Laura Landers, director of the FreedMaxick accounting firm. “You certainly live within your means and the budget you established.”
The village’s sound practices included operating within its $7.4 million budget and putting away $425,000 to put toward the new $6.3 million Fire Department building set to built next spring.
“That’s $425,000 you don’t have to borrow,” Landers said.
Sales tax revenues also helped: An extra $84,000 came in, above the $954,000 anticipated, she said.
The board also agreed that most of the design review and adjustments of the new firehouse was finished.
Project managers can now move on to construction planning, a key step to be ready for putting the job out to bid in the new year.
This way building can begin in the spring, said Village Administrator Bryan Gazda.
At the next Village Board meeting in two weeks, the design firm Bergmann Associates will make a presentation.
A public hearing was set for the next meeting about plans for a business that will brew beer from local hops and barley at 189 Main St., next to Bar Bill Tavern.
Bar Bill owner Clark Crook said he planned to restore the front of the building, demolish the rear and open the natural brew pub for business by next summer.