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Silver Creek adopts budget with cuts across the board

May 2, 2013

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Village Board’s work paid off with a .14 percent decrease in taxes for village residents. The board held a special meeting Wednesday to adopt the preliminary budget....

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May-02-13 6:33 AM

flexable police budget?yesterday a public info meeting? wow 27,000 dollars for less road repair ? well i guess the shell game has started,as well as cuts cuts cuts,to save .14%,lets say who goetz the short end of that stick?

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May-02-13 6:42 AM

we should have a meeting to see were we could meeting to spend the 10 bucks the budget saves us, mcdonalds or burger king,i rather have a cop give me a ticket under a light considering the service i lost last night,o yeah increase for garbage we pay 5.00 bag gimme a break,you gotta be kidding me, make the village a place our children want to raise their children,thats the value of this village please dont downsize yourselves in to oblivion

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May-02-13 9:47 AM

I have to agree. Yes, I applaud the Board for trying to reduce taxes, but at what expense? Have you looked at the roads in our Village? Not the best place to cut. And $10,000 from storm sewers? Isn't the Village under a consent order for that?

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May-02-13 5:32 PM

“Mayor Nick Piccolo said there were cuts across the board”. Seems like across the board cuts would include cuts in benefits rather than a $48,244 increase. I can tell you from experience that in the private sector world, "across the board cuts" means cuts in benefits.

Maybe I’m overly suspicious; But it seems that the years that payrolls are increased are the same years that service budgets are cut extraordinarily hard in order to present a “balanced” budget. Then next year, the total budget has to grow in order to get services back to a reasonable level. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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May-03-13 8:04 AM

I applaud the board's work and I think they're heading in the right direction now that Nick is in charge. However, if they don't gain control of rising labor costs, and I don't mean cutting jobs but rather reducing the actual cost per employee, then services are sacrificed and property owners end up receiving less for their $$$.

Since Nick was always such a strong & effective rep for union workers, it'll be interesting to see how he wears his new hat on the other side of the negotiating table.

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May-03-13 5:02 PM

Nick you need to sharpen the knife and cut more. Time to look at personnel services. Is it a necessity to have such a large DPW staff? Watching 7 DPW employees put up a banner in the park is a little ridiculous! The village hasn't expanded in 20 years but there are 2 more employees working there now than in 1990. Looking to cut taxes, look at the big costs. This is whats done in the private sector.

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May-03-13 5:10 PM

Mayor Nick, also look at your clerks office. The Town of Hanover has the exact same personnel 2 full time and 1 part time position, this office is open one night a week until 7 pm to accommodate working people. The Village closes at noon on Wednesdays. Why? Don't want to sell trash bags on garbage day? This does not make any sense.

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