posted on February 23, 2010 06:54
The City of Batavia has a budget in place for next year.
Council voted 7-2 last night to approve the spending plan that will increase the property tax rate by 1.5 percent.
Ward Three Councilman Sam Barone and Ward 6 Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian voted against the budget. voted against the budget.
Barone was the only councilperson to vote "no" on a 2.5 percent increase in water rates and a $1 per quarter capital improvement fee.
The vote was much closer on a pay raise for non-union and part-time city employees.
The 5-4 tally vote approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for 11 fulltime and 6 part time city workers.
The City Council engaged in another lengthy discussion last night over the sale of property at auction.
In the end, they decided to advance the sale of a property at 9 Willow Street to the second highest bidder. A binding vote will be taken at the next business meeting. Two weeks ago, the council rejected the highest bid on the property noting that the buyer had a history of property code violations.
Council appears luke warm over continuing the process of consolidation with the Town of Batavia.
By a straw vote of 5 to 4, council agreed to take up a grant application to pay for the preparation of a Joint Charter document.
The city’s share of the cost would be $2,700, to be matched by the town. The total grant is $55,000 and would cover legal expenses and consultants' fees to prepare the charter.
Council tabled the consolidation plan indefinitely last year after a pair of public hearings showed no overwhelming support for the idea.
Governor David Paterson's approval rating is just 35-percent in a Siena College Poll. In the survey, 55-percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job the Governor is doing. If Paterson can somehow win his party's nomination and face Republican Rick Lazio in November, Lazio would beat Paterson 46-39 percent in this new Siena poll.