Voorheesville is proposing a $2.6 million budget for 2019-20.

VOORHEESVILLE — The village’s proposed $2.64 million budget for next year is down significantly from this year’s budget of $3.23 million. The roughly $300,000 garnered from property taxes is below the state-set levy limit.

This year’s budget included the one-time cost of a $747,000 sidewalk project of which the village was responsible for $149,000 and the state paid $598,000.

Although the village was responsible for just $149,000 of the $747,000 price tag, the project’s entire cost was included in this year’s $3.23 million budget, giving it the appearance that the 2018-19 budget was significantly more than the one proposed for 2019-20.

Not including the money from the state, the proposed budget for next year is up only slightly from this year, which is because 2019-20 proposed budget includes an additional $195,000 for a water-related project that in effect takes the place of the $149,000 the village paid for sidewalks.

A public hearing for the proposed 2019-20 budget is set for April 1; the board of trustees will vote on its adoption at its April 23 village meeting.

The entire village has an assessed value of $258 million of which about $235 million is taxable.

The proposed tax rate for village residents is $1.29 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is up from this year’s $1.26 per $1,000 of assessed value. In addition, village residents also pay into New Scotland’s townwide general and highway funds at $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The appropriations in the proposed general budget total about $1.66 million.

About $605,000 is allocated for transportation, which includes among other appropriations the salaries of public works department workers and a one-time cost of $70,000 for the village’s share of a packer truck for brush pick-up — the costs are split with the town of New Scotland; and about $263,000 is for general government support, which includes the salaries of the village board, mayor, and clerk-treasurer.

About $240,000 is for home and community, which includes fees paid to the Rapp Road landfill and the village’s contract for recycling pick up; about $226,000 is for employee benefits; about $135,000 is for public safety and health; about $90,000 is to service the village’s debt; and about $45,000 is for culture and recreation.

The village is expecting about $1.67 million in revenues from these sources:

— $950,000 in sales tax, which is distributed by the county based on population;

— $302,000 from property taxes;

— $67,000 in franchise fees;

— $54,500 in highway aid;

— $44,000 from property rentals;

— $30,000 from mortgage taxes; and

— $29,000 from taxing utility providers.

About $170,000 would be appropriated from fund balances: $70,000 from a vehicle-reserve fund for the packer truck for brush pick-up; and $100,000 from the general fund for the sidewalk project, a streetlight project, and to balance the budget. The reserve balance of the general fund is about $1.36 million.

The proposed water budget totals about $683,000, which includes an additional $195,000 that was not in last year’s budget and is for engineering fees and preliminary work to find a new water source or to improve the village’s existing sources.

The village estimates it will receive about $683,000 in revenues; $500,000 in metered water sales, $160,000 is appropriated from the water fund balance (which has a reserve of about $670,000), and $20,000 in interest and penalties from water rent.

In 2017, the village increased the minimum amount that customers have to pay annually for water from $150 to $200 and reduced the minimum number of gallons a customer receives from 25,000 to 20,000; the combined actions were a move to fund future repairs.

The village has two sewer districts.

The first district — the Salem Hills Sewer District, which includes Maple Avenue, Mountainview Street, and Quail Run — has a proposed budget of about $347,000; with an estimated $237,000 in revenue, the village expects to use about $110,000 from the sewer fund balance.

In the second sewer district — along Pleasant Street — appropriations and revenues are expected to be equal — $7,404.

The reserve fund balance for the sewer districts is about $390,000.

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