January 27, 2022

Youth bureau down $38K in budget proposal

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The Cortland City Youth Bureau will start 2021 with around $38,000 less than expected after the town of Cortlandville decided to give the agency half of its normal funding until the town sees if the pandemic affects next year’s programming.

“Tom Williams from the town of Cortlandville also stated if we get things up and running sooner than later, then he and the town board would be willing to revisit installing some of those funds,” John McNerney, the director of the city Youth Bureau, said during the city Common Council meeting Tuesday evening.

The 2021 budget for the bureau is $901,209, said Mayor Brian Tobin. Cortlandville contributed $76,000 in 2020.

McNerney said the bureau can absorb the decreased funding next year by cutting some costs, like $3,000 from the athletic equipment budget line. Williams could not be reached for comment.

A decision on whether to hire another person for the city codes department will be delayed until next year.

Alderwoman Kathryn Silliman (D-2nd Ward) said she and Tytler would work with the fire department to determine what the job responsibilities would be for that person and how it would make the department more efficient.

Tobin also said before the meeting that there was discussion as to whether to hire a firefighter for the department or make it an administrative position, should the city hire someone.

A firefighter would cost around $80,000, including benefits, or $50,000 for a non-firefighter to serve in an administrative position.

The council also voted 7-0 to raise the blue-bag fee due to rising Cortland County landfill tipping costs next year. The medium bags will cost $3.25 — up from $3 — and the large will be $5.25, up from $5.

Alderman Bruce Tytler (D-3rd Ward) was absent.

The city also voted 7-0 to pass two out of three of the budget funds — the water fund and wastewater fund — that make up the city’s entire budget.

There are no increases in rates from last year to either the water or wastewater rates.

The minimum quarterly charge will remain at $41.04. Here is the breakdown of the water rates:

  • $3.42 per unit for 13-499 units
  • $3.12 per unit for 500-1000 units
  • $3.32 per unit for 1001 or more units

The wastewater minimum rate will be $33.70 per quarter, with 11 and more units charged at $3.37 per unit.

The rates will be in effect April 1.