Town Adopts 2018 Budget
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Greg Westbrook, Town Supervisor
PHONE: (585) 394-1120
DATE: October 18, 2017
TOWN OF CANANDAIGUA UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES 2018 BUDGET
(Canandaigua, NY) - The Town Board of the Town of Canandaigua has unanimously adopted the 2018 Town Budget featuring natural resource protection, cost sharing with surrounding municipalities, efficiency of operations, park enhancements, and capital improvements with a 1¢ increase in the tax rate for the general and highway fund from $0.90 per thousand to $0.91 per thousand. The Town’s total budget is $10,986,269.00.
At $0.91/$1000 of assessed value, the annual property tax on a home with an average assessed value of $275,000 is approximately $250 per year. The yearly cost helps to cover the expenses associated with many services provided by the Town of Canandaigua including the maintenance of safe roads, upgrading outdated infrastructure, providing a wide variety of recreational opportunities, and the use of the waste and recycling station.
The tax rate of $0.91 per thousand is based on appropriations of $0.23 per thousand for the general fund, and $0.68 per thousand for the highway fund. Real property tax to be collected is $294,637 for the general fund, and $865,343 for the highway fund. The total taxable value for the Town of Canandaigua is $1,274,704,229.00.
Highlights of the 2018 budget include:
- Canandaigua Lake Protection – Water Quality Projects: Continued partnership with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council and the City of Canandaigua on water quality improvement projects along Sucker Brook to help prevent flooding, as well as phosphorus and other pollutants from reaching Canandaigua Lake.
- Miller Park - improvements featuring a passive recreational park at the corner of State Route 21 and County Road 32. Miller Park will feature natural surface walking trails, a gazebo with incredible Finger Lakes skyline views, a small parking area, educational instructional identification of trees and plants, and environmental demonstrations.
- Natural Resource Protection – the continuation of the Town of Canandaigua’s successful agriculture protection program known as Purchase of Development Rights (PDR), open space and conservation protection, protection of steep slopes, ridgelines, and long term planning for conservation programs.
- Health Care Cost – cost avoidance of approximately 14% (approximately $ 60,000) in health care costs when the industry average is nearly a 10% - 15% annual increase. The overall reduction of health care costs were a result of budgeting, plan evaluation, change of plan offerings, employee efficiency, and continued analysis of health care benefits.
- Operations – continued operations at current levels including staffing, and implementation of technology advances for the Town of Canandaigua to deliver to our residents the most efficient services as possible.
“Residents of the Town of Canandaigua are provided with a tremendous value including safe roads, the transfer facility, parks and recreation, and many other resources available at a very reasonable tax rate of $0.91 cents per $1,000 of assessed value,” said Greg Westbrook, Town Supervisor. “I promised to reduce the cost of operations through the Town Manager transition at the beginning of 2017, and I have fulfilled that promise through this budget. The 2018 adopted Town Budget includes lowering the salary of the position of elected Supervisor from $56,000.00 annually to $20,000.00.”
The 2018 Town Budget is tax cap compliant, and subsequently the Town Board has set a public hearing for November 20, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Town Hall on a local law which would rescind the tax cap override passed earlier this year. This additional step would allow the residents of the Town of Canandaigua to potentially qualify for property tax savings rebates in 2018, should those checks be authorized by Ontario County and the State of New York.