HERKIMER — The Herkimer village board approved a $6.48 million tentative budget for 2018-19 that carries no tax increase following a public hearing Monday.
The $6,482,264 spending plan, up from the $6,478,640 budget for 2017-18, includes all existing services and is supported by a tax levy of $5,126,482, up from $5,124,807 for the current year’s budget.
A $1,110,310 water budget and a $764,125 sewer budget were also presented at Monday’s meeting. Neither carries a rate increase. The water department budget is down from the $1,176,360 budget for 2017-18 while the sewer budget is up slightly from the $764,100 budget for the current fiscal year.
"The village clerk-treasurer (Amanda Viscomi) worked closely with the village board and the department heads worked hard to make this budget possible," said Mayor Tony Brindisi.
The board must adopt a final budget before May 1.
In other business
• Police Chief Michael Jory introduced two officers who recently received promotions: Captain Dan Palmisano and Sgt. Jason Valent. Palmisano has been with the department for 15 years and Valent for 14 years. "These promotions are not easily earned and they are well deserved," said Brindisi.
• Herkimer County Legislator Mark Gaworecki told the board he had contacted CSX Railroad about its bridges over South Washington and Mohawk streets. He also contacted the Thruway Authority. He said he has had no luck with CSX, but Sen. James Seward suggested Consolidated Highway Improvement funds might be used. The mayor said he has found his attempts to deal with CSX on the matter frustrating. The Thruway is planning a project to work on its bridge at Mohawk Street, Gaworecki added, and any input from the village should be given before plans are finalized.
• Questions about the possibility of allowing a retail auto dealership to operate at a building on South Washington and East Smith streets were referred to Codes Officer and Fire Chief John Spanfelner. The matter would come to the village board for a decision after the required steps are followed.
• A request by Jennifer Parmon, of the Herkimer Business and Professional Association, to set July 21 as the date for the village-wide garage sale was approved.