December 4, 2021

Village of Homer plans budget meetings

Homer residents still have time to attend budget review meetings for various departments in the village before village leaders present a draft budget to residents in January.

“What happens is the departments submit their requests first and then a budget is created from that,” village Treasurer Tanya Digennaro said this week in an email. “Our draft budget is completed in December from those meetings and presented to the public in January.”

The village’s budget year runs from March 1 to Feb. 28.

But what next year’s budget might entail is still up in the air.

Digennaro said the board hasn’t reviewed its revenue yet, as it is looking to reschedule a meeting to review that information in December.

However, Digennaro said the budget this year still looks to be in good shape, even with the coronavirus pandemic going on.

“The board regularly reviews the budget and all departments are cognizant of spending with COVID and its effects on revenue and expenditures,” Digennaro said.

Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe said some funds will be put into a reserve for a plow truck.

“We may order it after the budget passes just because of the year delay in getting it, but we are only one fourth of the way through our budget process so we don’t know the answers to most of these things,” McCabe said.

As for other large purchases and projects, those decisions will be recognized by the board and discussed after the department head submits their needs for 2021, Digennaro said.

“At this point, there’s no decisions,” Digennaro said. “It’s just too early in our budget season.”

Upcoming meetings

Dec. 1: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fire department, fire insurance, firemen benefits, fire station

Dec. 3: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Recreation department

Dec. 10: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Personnel, benefits, open items

Dec. 15: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Overall budget review

Dec. 17: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Final budget review

Attend a meeting

Email Treasurer Tanya Digennaro at or call 607-749-3322.