SHERRILL — The Sherrill City Commission passed their 2018 city budget Monday evening after a public hearing at which no one spoke.
The commissioners unanimously passed the budget, which will have a 2.4 percent increase over the 2017 budget.
The 2018 budget calls for $4,100,905 and $2,555,983 will be raised through revenue other than property taxes.
The city will re-appropriate $621,925 from the general fund balance for a total of $3,177,908 to be generated through sources other than property taxes.
Other revenue sources include approximately $540,000 from the city’s general sewer fund, $327,000 in state aid and $110,000 from the state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.
The city will raise the remaining $922,997 through its property tax levy.
Sherrill properties total $126,437,993 in assessed value, officials said.
The tax rate will increase to $7.30 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
“We tried our best to keep the budget the same, but everything is getting expensive,” Mayor William Vineall said after the vote. “Health insurance for our employees in particular has been a sizable expense.”
Public works building repaired
Sherrill City Manager Brandon Lovett said the city’s public works building has been repaired and that its parking lot will be ready for paving in 2018.
“We found some asbestos during repairs, and that delayed our work, but that has been addressed, and the exterior and interior doors are on,” Lovett said, adding that “the building has a clean bill of health.”
Vineall said that potential plans for the city to secede from the Town of Vernon are at a standstill.
“We are waiting to establish a long-term agreement with the town,” he said.
“We’ve had talks with Vernon Town Supervisor Randy Watson, and we are waiting on
more information to come from them.”
Vernon has no direct authority over Sherrill, including the areas of zoning and codes enforcement, legal services and planning, but is responsible for maintaining the five bridges in the city.
The town has not spent any money between 2014 to 2016 on the bridges, and spent $75,000 to paint Sherrill’s Elmwood Street bridge this year.
The city is researching how the secession could impact a host of city services.
These city services include green waste disposal, interaction among youth sports groups, use of the pool and Sherrill’s Community Activity Center, and also shared services between the Sherrill-Kenwood Library and fire departments.
School tax payments will also be considered as part of the ongoing discussions, officials said.
Sherrill has been part of the Town of Vernon since its formation in 1916. It is the only city in New York State that is not self-contained.
City officials have considered leaving the town in 1985 and 2005.
The city held a public discussion on the move in June, and during the meeting Vernon Town tax clerk Barbara Coston said most of the property taxes paid from Sherrill to the Town of Vernon are remitted to Oneida County.
The city would have to petition New York State and gain their approval before leaving the town.
The state would need to adopt legislation approving the move, and state officials are not required to consider the petition.
“We’ve had discussions with Senator Joe Griffo and are continuing to see what may happen,” Vineall said.
“Hopefully it will be over soon,” the mayor added.