continued Landry wasn’t able to provide an estimated projection of how much fund balance would be in town coffers at the end of the year, but said there is a “good cushion.”
The biggest challenge the town faces is providing services as mandated costs increase.
“What we are trying to do in Niskayuna is continue to provide services that our residents expect,” Landry said. “I see that getting harder and harder as we progress.”
Retirement costs are projected to increase by more than 12 percent next year to total of $1.4 million. Health insurance costs are increasing less rapidly than retirement costs but are still projected to swell 5.6 percent to a total of nearly $1.5 million.
Personnel costs for senior programming are increasing from $76,000 to $115,000, which accounts for a part-time employee becoming full time. There other employee is remaining part time.
“There is a lot of administrative work outside of providing the senior services being there on Tuesday and Thursday,” Landry said. “There are other administrative services that need to get done outside of those two days and now we will have the staff to be able to do that and hopefully we can enhance some of the programs.”
Also, the town is placing programming for seniors, adults and children under the Office of Community Programs.
“There is not really a loss of services,” Landry said. “We are trying to become much better in our allocation of resources, so that we know what is costing the town a certain amount of money.”
Landry said he is scheduled to present his budget at the Town Board’s Tuesday, Oct. 23, meeting. There were will be a public hearing before the budget must be approved on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Last year, the town board adopted Landry’s proposed budget without any changes. It increased the tax levy by 3.4 percent, which was within the town’s tax cap, and saw spending increase by nearly $235,500.