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Springville Village Board approves $3.6 million budget, tax levy below tax cap

By Kellen M. Quigley

The Springville Board of Trustees on April 15 unanimously approved the $3.6 million budget for its upcoming fiscal year with a 3.46 percent tax increase.

Although early budgetary figures from New York state had the village planning to go over its tax cap for the 2019-20 fiscal year, the final budget saw a tax levy of $1,823,461, which is under the tax cap set at $1,823737.

The public was presented the preliminary budget in March by Mayor William Krebs, and the board on Monday held little discussion following its approval.

The tax levy is $17.76 per $1,000. The village’s fiscal year runs June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020.

Adoption of the budget came following a couple local law public hearings, SEQR declarations and approvals concerning changes in the village.

First, the board held a public hearing on Local Law 6 for 2019, which concerns amending boundaries of districts on the zoning map for Elm Street with a Healthcare Overlay.

The village was approved as the lead agency, a SEQR with a negative environmental impact was approved and the local law was adopted without issue.

Next, the board held a public hearing on Local Law 7 for 2019, which concerns amending parking for bars and restaurants in the village, specifically allowing one space per three actual seats or one space per each 40 square feet of possible seating area or a combination of both.

The village was approved as the lead agency, a SEQR with a negative environmental impact was approved and the local law was adopted without issue.

Additionally, the village board approved rescinding Local Law 2 for 2019, which authorized the tax cap override originally expected with the state’s preliminary budget. The tax cap override was no longer necessary since the village budget is under the tax cap.

 

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the Springville Fire Department was awarded a $5,000 grant to help pay for a power stretcher for the department.

“It’s really going to help us,” said Chief Marc Gentner. “If you have to pick somebody up who is 400 or 500 pounds, it really makes a difference. Hopefully, it will save somebody an injury.”

Gentner said the department filled out the grant a couple months ago with the help of Administrator Liz Melock.

Although the village board authorized advertising for bids for the power stretcher, Melock said the estimates for the stretcher are under $20,000, which means the village would have to pay less than $15,000.

“The power stretcher is not on state bid. We already checked that,” she said. “We do have emails out to three different vendors.” Melock said the village had received one quote back so far.

According to Melock, the estimated cost of the stretcher with the options the department is looking for is about $19,000. The remaining $14,000 would come out of the village budget.

Additionally, the fire department’s recruitment day is scheduled for April 27. Chief said he hopes to get a couple new department members as they usually do each year.

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