Hornell City Hall Passes Budget
February 24, 2014
HORNELL, NY – The Hornell common council approved the 2014-2015 budget for the city with a 8-1 vote, with Alderman Dan McManus (R, 6th Ward) casting the only dissenting vote, after a back and forth debate with Mayor Shawn Hogan on the debt. “When you don’t have money, you don’t get the things you want,” McManus said. “It’s easy to sit back and throw snowballs Dan,” Hogan said at one point.
Hornell’s new 6th Ward Alderman quoted a statement from the Evening Tribune during the council meeting. “I think it was you on Sunday, in the paper said that, we needed to address this growing pension and insurance problem.” McManus then asked what the finance committee and/or Common Council have done to change that. Hogan answered that the finance committee could not change the pension bill. “That is state-mandated. When you go into the state pension fund, they set the rates, the state legislature grants the benefits,” said Hogan. “The system is controlled by the comptroller, the sole trustee, he sets the reimbursement rates based on the actuarial table.”
McManus contended that there could be further cuts in the budget, while Mayor Hogan defended the budget saying if you subtract the money the city has recently spent on the water plant, Hornell would be virtually debt-free.