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Decoding Village Agendas – March 28, 2016

March 27, 2016
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WatchCroton has recently learned that these “laymen’s language” versions of the Village Board Trustee and work session meetings are being touted as partisan propaganda as they are written by Trustee Ann Gallelli and offered to anyone who asks to be added to Ms. Gallelli’s email list.

These accusations seem like a disservice to those who do not wish to navigate the maze that is the Village of Croton website to find agendas for these meetings.  It appears that Decoding Agendas contain the information that appears on the agendas found on the Village site with concise explanations of what is being discussed at each meeting.  Although Croton United claims to present non-partisan information on their website, by nature of the information appearing on a party website it is partisan. There are quite a few Croton residents who are not on Facebook or on Twitter though since the cancellation of the #CrotonUnited Twitter account by a recently elected official this is now a moot point.

WatchCroton encourages Trustees from the Croton United party to submit their version of Decoding Agendas so this forum can post it alongside Ms. Gallelli’s and perhaps the public can decide for themselves if either of these constitute propaganda.  Time will tell if Croton United is up to the challenge.

Without further ado, here is Decoding Agendas for Monday’s and Wednesday’s Board of Trustees Work Session:

Decoding Village Agendas –   March 28, 2016

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public)

 

  1. Village Board review of proposed Police Depart, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Department budgets for fiscal year  2016-2017.

All the proposed departmental budgets are available on the Village website for review.  Overall the Police Department budget is proposed to increase $48,224 to$3,053,024 which is primarily due to the signing of the new police contract last year.  Emergency Medical Services has a proposed budget of $380,685 down by $23,809 from last year.  The Fire department proposed budget increased by $63,287 to $565,603.  A big part of the increase is the result of moving  uniform purchases from capital budget to the general budget.

 

 

 

 

Work Session of the Village Board

March 30

7:45 pm

(open to the public)

 

  1. Village Board review of proposed Department of Public Works and Water Department budgets for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.   The Public works budget encompasses many operations including recycling, street maintenance and lighting, street cleaning, refuse and garbage and snow removal among others.  Overall, the budget calls for a slight decrease of approximately $40,000.

 

The Water Fund budget calls for an increase in expenditures of $320,000.  It also calls for an increase in water rates to $7.68 per 100 cubic feet of water consumption for Tier 2 users (majority).  The current rate is $7.53.

 

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