March 28, 2016
HORNELL, NY – At last nights Hornell Common Council meeting, Mayor Shawn Hogan formally announced that some major road repairs will be coming to Main Street in 2017. The milling, repaving, side walk repairs, and new signs will run from the East Main Street Bridge to the Intersection in front of City Hall. The job will cost roughly $800,000 and Hogan hopes that with state and federal financial help the burden on the city will be minimal.
The 2016, 2017 budget beginning April 1st became official by a unanimous vote. There will be a 0% increase in taxes but because of the Wal Mart plaza coming off a pilot started in 1995 there was a need to override the 2% tax cap. Hogan told the small crowd, “In order to stay under the tax cap we would have had to cut taxes by at least 4% which was no where near feasible.” He mentioned that total spending is up $234,000 over last year with most of that going toward debt payments. Three million dollar upgrades to the water pollution plant, major road and infrastructure repairs were the biggest contributors toward the debt. Hogan warned that with Lowes ending their PILOT program early and the way the laws are written, that Hornell can expect the same scenario with the tax cap next year.
Also on the agenda, a few re-appointments were made. Dave Sengstock and Dave Parmely were reappointed to the Board of Public Safety; Joe Bob and Stanley Hill will be rejoining the Board of Public Works as Commissioners; Leo Lajune was reappointed to the Planning Board; and Carla Johnson and Mary McDaniels are returning to the Library Board of Directors.
March 28, 2016