Last night, the Homer board of trustees approved the 2021 village budget with a levy increase of just ½ of one-percent.
Cortland-Homer rates will go up just .3%, while those in Homer-Homer fall 0.1%.
Municipal property reserves worth $130k are set aside to cover local matches for two project grants.
One is for a dam removal on the Tioughnioga River along Route 11 ($50k). The other will support construction of a new salt shed ($80k) behind the Streets & Parks Department.
Additional fund balance of $21k was allocated to operate Newton Waterworks.
The total spending package comes out to just over $4.4M.
Little White Church
A decision on whether or not to bond out roughly $1M for essential repairs to the Little White Church will come down to a referendum.
Residents will have a chance to vote on the proposition in a special election being planned for late-March.
“We will obviously have to mail ballots out, so the Board of Elections may need to push us out further than that,” said Mayor Hal McCabe. “A final date will depend on what they say.”
The historic Cavalry church was erected on the village green in the early 1900’s.
It’s quickly falling into disrepair and failure to act soon would likely result in its eventual demolition.
Village leaders have tried to solicit restoration bids in the past from local contractors, but all quotes came in too high.
Tune in for more discussion from village clerk Dan Egnor on tomorrow’s Happening in Homer segment.