April 13, 2021
WLEA Staff Reports
NORTH HORNELL — The North Hornell Village Board held its final hearing on the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget on Monday.
Village residents will see a 3% increase in taxes, from $3.97/ $100,000 of assessed value to $4.12/ $100,000 of assessed value. That equates to a bill approximately $15 higher on a home with an assessed value of $100,000 than in the previous year. The final total levy is pending further calculations.
“We try to keep the budget as low as we can while continuing to provide the services the village needs,” Mayor John Falci said. “We’re doing the best we can, even in this time where everything costs more.”
The village’s budget narrative compared the increase to the $18 and $12 increases/$100,000 for school and county taxes in the coming year.
Some of the largest priorities detailed by the board included a large project to improve water pressure in the village and continue to address the future of the police department, which is undergoing a major reorganization under the direction of Officer in Charge Kyle Amidon.
Falci credited shared services like the ones undertaken in the police department for keeping taxes relatively low compared to neighboring towns and villages. Despite seeing an increase in village taxes, the mayor explained that rates were, “below where they were 20 years ago, yet we’re able to have the same services.”
The village phone line was left open during the budget hearing in case residents watching the live broadcast via Facebook wanted to ask questions of the board. No calls were received from concerned residents, who were encouraged to call, email and visit the village office to obtain a copy of the budget, or to offer feedback ahead of a final hearing and vote on next Monday, April 19, 2021.
* The budget hearing was followed by the regular monthly meeting of the North Hornell Village Board. A separate story will recap those events.