October 21, 2021

C’ville 2020 budget approved

Tax rate up 1 cent; water, sewer rates decrease

Cortland County Seal

Cortlandville Town Board voted unanimously to pass the 2020 preliminary budget Wednesday.

The biggest change from the 2019 budget was a more than $600,000 increase in the appropriations for the unexpended funds.

Of this, $350,000 is budgeted for building a storage building in Gutchess Lumber Park, buying a pickup truck for the Water and Sewer Department and $220,000 budgeted to purchase a plow truck for highway work, Supervisor Richard Tupper said.

This will be paid with a short term, low-interest bond, he said.

Taxes will only increase 1 cent per $1,000 of assessed property value, as unspent money from this year’s budget will roll over for next year’s budget.

“We very fortunate we’ve got the unexpended balances to keep the tax levy down,” Tupper said.

Sewer and water rates will also decrease for Cortlandville residents.

Sewer rates will decline from $65.72 in 2019 to $59.07 for 2020 and water rates will decrease from $40.33 in 2019 to $36.75. This will decrease from debt repayments from bonds, Tupper said.

“It’s a good budget for people who have water and sewer,” Tupper said.

The board also voted to maintain 2019 salaries of councilmen and town supervisor for 2020.

2019 salaries were:
* Councilman (four seats) — $12,763.88
* Town Supervisor — $24,476.01

A 2.8% increase in salaries for all other town jobs was approved by the board at its Nov. 6 meeting.

“I just think it’s more than adequate for the job we have to do. When compared with the Cortland County Legislature, theirs is lower and they have a lot more meetings. I just think it’s a fair number at this point,” councilman Douglas Withey, who raised the motion, said.