SPRINGVILLE – The Village of Springville, at the March 5 Village Board of Trustees meeting, proposed a $3.4 million budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The budget includes an increase in total appropriations and a 1.6 percent tax rate increase.
The 2018-19 budget is increased by $19,235, or 0.6 percent, from last year. Part of that increase includes debt services, paying off bonds, BANS and installment debts. Last year, the village completed three projects in improving the walkability of Franklin Street, opening Heritage Park and renovating the Public Safety Building. The village’s debt service is $331,844.
“The cost of parks and beautification … [that’s] what I think we all appreciate,” Springville Mayor William Krebs said. “We couldn’t do those projects without steady [tax] growth.”
Other appropriations include the Springville Police Department and contract with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, $563,143; the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, $408,416 and parks beautification, $114,000. Snow removal and street maintenance, which total $713,330 also contribute to the village’s expenditures.
“Forty-eight percent [of appropriations] is public safety and streets,” Krebs said. “Those are the big ticket items … and the main reason we’re here.”
The village plans to stay under the New York tax cap, which this year is 3 percent, a jump from last year’s 1.7 percent. Along with the property tax levy and other revenues – such as departmental income, use of property and permits – the proposed budget also utilizes $235,000 from the unappropriated fund balance. Currently, the unappropriated fund balance is $1,477,356, it has been used in 2015 and 2017 also.
“We have a healthy unappropriated fund balance,” Krebs said. “It’s a smart use [of the unappropriated fund balance] to invest in programs and equipment that will benefit the entire community.”
The water and sewer funds total $1,977,793 and include repairs to a water pump and work on the sewer treatment plan. The sewer fund has a 1 percent increase, while the water fund sees a 1 percent decrease over last year.
“We live in the village because it’s a good place to live,” Krebs said. “The long term goal is residential growth. [New homes] are being built … it will take a few years before we see that growth.”
Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostowniak updated the board on the work being done to correct a sewer flow issue reported at the February meeting. Several manholes are leaking, he said, and patching will begin shortly. A flow monitor was temporary installed and recommendations on how to correct the issue will be given following an engineer’s report.
The board applauded members of the Public Works Department for their quick response to the March 2 storm. The electric division was deployed on a mutual aid to Salamanca on March 3, then worked with NYSEG in Colden and Hamburg on March 4.
The Springville Police Department secured survival kits for field wounds, Officer in Charge Nick Budney reported. The kits are a supplement to training which teaches proper techniques on dressing battlefield wounds, including using a tourniquet, to help reduce the number of victims who bled out.
The board will again meet Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Building, 65 Franklin St. A copy of the budget presentation can be found on VillageOfSpringvilleNY.com.