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First look at Glenville’s budget woes

Koetzle: Staying under tax cap could be challenging

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle discusses the town’s budget for 2012 during a budget forum on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle discusses the town’s budget for 2012 during a budget forum on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Photo by John Purcell.

— Declining revenues are another driving factor behind the town’s push toward focusing on economic development.

“We are very concerned that mortgage tax revenue continues to fall,” Koetzle said.

Ideas for shared services have also fallen through with both the county and Scotia. Most recently, county officials decided to go forward with a unified central dispatch plan excluding the town. Koetzle said the town was still open to discussions with the county, but county officials said the town officials appeared to not be interested in the plan anymore. Also, Scotia officials flirted with the idea of possibly consolidating the village police department with the Glenville Police Department, but after public backlash the village dropped the idea early.

“We tried to work with the county and the village on many occasions for shared services,” said Koetzle. “The village has not been interested in many things.”

Koetzle said he did get one suggestion so far, which is to stop drinking bottled water at Town Board meetings.

“We got $3 to account for savings by going to tap,” Koetzle jokingly said.

Koetzle hosted the second budget forum at the Glenville Senior Center on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The town plans to post Koetzle’s budget forum slideshow presentation on the town’s website at www.townofglenville.org. If residents want to give feedback or suggestions on the budget they can call the town at 688-1200 and leave a message for Koetzle or email him at Ckoetzle@townofglenville.org.

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