The supervisor’s 2020 preliminary budget was filed with the town clerk on Aug. 23. The 2020 preliminary budget was also posted to the town’s website by the end of the day on Monday, Aug. 26.
The complete 2020 town of Webster budget will be printed, line by line, in the official paper of the town, the Webster Herald, on Sept. 12 and delivered to every household in Webster. There is not any other town in Monroe County that prints each line of the budget, side by side with last year’s budget so residents can see and understand where the increases and decreases are in the proposed 2020 budget.
This town board is transparent and will continue to be transparent in order to show Webster residents how fiscally responsible this town board is to the 44,000 residents living here. The town board, along with the department heads, have worked hard to bring in a balanced budget and one that does not cut services to any of the 14 town of Webster departments. I have submitted a budget with a 6 cent increase per thousand of assessed valuation for town residents, and a decrease of 1 cent per thousand of assessed valuation for residents living in the village of Webster. That would make the tax rates look like this for 2020: town tax rate would be $5.22 per thousand of assessed valuation, and the village tax rate would be $4.69 per thousand of assessed valuation.
Again, this year the New York state imposed 2% tax cap was met by the Webster town board. We stayed under our cap this year of $604,000 by around $9,000, to the tune of $595,000. Once again, we faced increases in health care, pension costs, cost of materials and just about all the increases that any Webster household would have had in their typical home budget regarding electricity, insurance and petroleum costs.
As I have mentioned before, the complete 2020 budget of the town of Webster will be in the Webster Herald on Sept. 12. The public hearing on the budget will take place at the regularly scheduled town board meeting Sept.19 at 7:30 p.m. in the town board meeting room.
Open discussion of the budget will take place Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., and adoption of the final 2020 town of Webster budget will take place Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place in the town board meeting room located next to the Justice Courts, 1002 Ridge Road — the building behind town hall with the blue roof.
The town board is being as transparent as possible in holding several open meetings for Webster residents to engage in the budget discussions with the town board, and to participate in the budget process in setting the tax rate for Webster residents in 2020. As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us.