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City budget hearing set for Wednesday

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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 5:00 am

GENEVA — The public can comment on the proposed 2013 general, water and sewer fund budgets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The hearing will be in the Public Safety Building, 255 Exchange St.

The budgets can be inspected at the city clerk’s office at 47 Castle St. or at the Geneva Public Library during normal business hours. The budgets are also available on the city’s website.

The spending plans were prepared by City Manager Matt Horn and the city comptroller’s office.

New this year is inclusion of a worker’s compensation fund. Previously, it had been part of the Ontario County budget. For the city in 2013, that budget is $397,671 and carries a tax rate of $1.10 per $1,000 of assessed value for city property owners.

Horn said the general fund tax rate of $17.65 per $1,000 of assessed value is down — from $18.56 this year — even though the general fund budget is up.

He attributed that to an increase in such revenue sources as the room occupancy tax, utility tax, mortgage tax, tax penalties and sales tax.

Combined, they are all up by $536,621. State aid to the city is projected to increase by about $25,000 and a long list of smaller revenue sources add up to show an increase of about $161,000.

A proposed $10 increase in parking tickets is projected to increase that revenue source by $43,000.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges will contribute $95,500 and Finger Lakes Health will contribute $41,200.

The city supports several outside agencies. Horn’s budget would allocate $15,000 for public access television, $18,000 for the Community Center senior citizens program and $12,500 for the Geneva Historical Society.

But city support for the Boys & Girls Club would decline by $15,000 and the Human Rights Commission allocation would drop by $20,000.

After the hearing, Council will discuss the budget.

The next step in the process will be a City Council work session planned for 6 p.m. Oct. 17. The Council is scheduled to vote on adoption of the budgets at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Council members will attend the annual Fire Department inspection and memorial service at the Hydrant Hose, 79 Geneva St.

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