Holley approves village budget without tax rate increase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 April 2018 at 10:32 pm

HOLLEY – The Village Board approved a budget this evening for the 2018-19 that keeps the tax rate at$15.65 per $1,000 of assessed property.

The $1,120,521 budget includes $268,190 for office, $360,200 in the DPW, $294,700 for the police department, $140,279 for employee benefits and $64,652 for general debt.

There also is $410,634 budgeted for the water department and $167,429 for the sewer department. Those departments are funded by user fees.

“I’m extremely pleased with the budget,” said Brian Sorochty, the Holley mayor. “The board the last two years has done a good job managing spending, and holding the tax rate.”

He also praised the village department heads for working to pare down their expenses to keep the tax rate from increasing.

Although the tax rate will remain the same, the village will collect 1.27 percent more in taxes, from $836,965 to $847,596.

The village’s tax base is up by 0.59 percent or $319,274, from $53,846,841 to $54,166,115.

The village is working on three large grants that will address new sidewalks and water infrastructure. Construction could start in late fall or spring.

Holley also was approved for a $165,600 state grant on Feb. 1 to develop a brownfield opportunities area program.

The Holley grant will complete a Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination for 813 acres with 55 potential sites, according to the state announcement. The objectives include identifying opportunities surrounding the former high school in the downtown core; improved housing and income opportunities for residents; identifying strategies to reduce commercial vacancies; identifying opportunities at the Diaz Chemical site remediation; leveraging the Erie Canal; improving wayfinding in the Village; preparing design guidelines for the Public Square; and improving the village’s vitality.

Sorochty said the village clerk and code enforcement officer will be working extra hours for the village to implement this grant, which is part of Holley’s 15 percent local share for the project.

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