The public hearing on the annual village budget affords residents the opportunity to make suggestions and comments on the way our tax dollars are spent. The board—dubbed “the deciders”—then make cuts or additions based on citizen input. The Village Manager and Treasurer then recalculate the estimated increase/decrease in the proposed budget and it becomes final. This is an excellent system and the following summary of changes from the original proposed budget to the final adopted budget are important to understand.
The new majority of Ann Gallelli, Charlie Kane and Leo Wiegman fulfilled their campaign promises (see: “Elect Charlie Kane, Ann Gallelli and Sam Watkins”) by:
And most important; a clear intent for funding the immediate hiring of an eminent domain specialist to advise the village on the condemnation proceedings (see “Adoption of Findings Statement for 1A Croton Point Avenue Tabled by Village Board”).
The Village Manager and Treasurer did an exceptional job of recalculating the proposed budget to incorporate the written budget suggestions submitted by Trustees Wiegman, Gallelli and Kane and turn them into a final budget that did NOT increase the proposed tax increase from the original draft. Summary of changes between FY 2005-6 & FY 2006-7 show 6 major ‘debits’ and 1 major ‘credit’.
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson is moving forward again!
— Georgianna Grant, X-Trustee