Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Jul 25

Attacking the Town's 2012 Budget

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 4:01 PM by PattiAnn Schultz

For the past month the Town Board has been meeting with all Department Heads to go over their requests for the 2012 Budget. This has been a lengthy process taking a lot of time going over each budget item line-by-line to determine if we need the items or personnel or in what ways we cut the budget.

The Town Board continues to believe that cutting spending is better than raising taxes. Doing more with less is not just a motto but a working agenda here in Webster when dealing with the budget.

In August, Department heads will appear before the Town Board to present their proposed budgets. These presentations will be aired over Cable Channel 12. The first scheduled televised review will be on Thursday, August 11th at 4:30 p.m. and the second one will be televised on Thursday, August 18th at 4:30 p.m. Webster is unique because it not only provides its residents with a line-by-line accounting of a town budget, but also televise the proceedings.

The Supervisor’s Budget will be filed with the Town Clerk in late September. The proposed budget will then be published in the October 5th edition of the Webster Herald newspaper and distributed to every household in town so that you, the taxpayer, can see first-hand where your tax dollars are being spent. Finally, the Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on October 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Board room. At that time we invite residents to attend with comments on the budget. The vote on the final 2012 Budget will be on November 3rd in plenty of time to meet the state dead line of December 20th for budget adoption and also before the November elections.

Preliminary figures indicate that the Town Board has a lot of work to do before this budget is ready for public comment. Increase’s continue in health care costs (around 12%), pension costs are up again for both our white and blue collar union employees and still higher for the police union employees. Gasoline prices have not returned to normal, plus the cost of raw materials continues to go higher by the day. The Town Board will need to weigh the needs of services versus the costs to come up with a balanced budget for 2012.

I will continue to update you on the town’s budget process over the next few weeks but in the mean time, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068 or email me at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us.

Ronald W. Nesbitt
Webster Town Supervisor