North Elba City Officials Hold Public Hearing on Draft 2022 Budget

The city of North Elba, New York, held a public hearing this week on its preliminary 2022 budget proposal.

The initial budget that will be submitted to city council next week plans to increase to $ 9.8 million from $ 9.6 million in 2021 for general fund spending. It includes proposed salary increases for most municipal employees, including municipal officers. The tax levy would increase by 2.69%.

North Elba Budget Officer Catherine Edman gave an overview of the proposed budget to City Council and those attending the meeting virtually and in person, detailing various districts in the city and explaining some tax elements such as why the district of Ray Brook’s water shows the largest increase in the tax levy.

“For 2022, the operational budget increased by $ 8,600, which doesn’t sound like a lot. But the tax levy has increased by $ 9,800. With the increased use of the Lake Placid village workforce, they are going to charge us more. And as it is now, we have less income to pay so the difference is in taxes because there isn’t a lot of fund balance at Ray Brook.

Edman noted that city council may make changes to the proposal when it is submitted next week.

“As you review them ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, if there are any changes you want to address, that’s still open for discussion. We can add more, take things away, adopt or appropriate more fund balances as needed or, you know, all kinds of changes. “

City supervisor Jay Rand said he thought it was a good budget proposal.

“I know you’ve put a lot of time and effort into this, and meeting all of our department heads and everyone I know has given this a lot of thought. And I think it’s a good budget and I hope it will get us through the year. It is a guideline.

After the end of the public hearing on the preliminary budget for 2022, the town hall regularly heard departmental reports. Edman reported on the state of the current budget, including potential overtime cost overruns.

“I did a basic math and it looks like for the next four pay periods or pay days we have left this year, we would need about an additional $ 14,000 assuming they only work the rest of the year. I think for the highway everything will be fine unless … “

A member of the board of directors interrupts “Orages”.

Edman continues: “I was thinking more about buying vacation. Because a lot of guys are waiting until the end of the year for Christmas. I’m trying to budget for this, but you can never predict who will buy back and who won’t. “

Edman also told board members that she would meet with union workers regarding authorized purchases of work clothes.

“They’re supposed to come off an approved clothing list. Most of the road guys who pass by say Carhartt jeans or Carhartt shorts. But today we had one that came up saying Ladies Crocs. And what are we like !? And basically if you abuse it, you will get the money on your paycheck and it will be taxed. The only reason we do this through IDC (Determination of Indirect Costs) is that they are not taxed on it.

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