Village Trustee Bill Andrews compiled this list of important fact about the Village of Brockport’s finances. It includes data from 2014.
- Brockport has the lowest per capita cost for Village administration (Board, office staff, department heads) in Monroe County. It costs each Brockporter $49 a year. In contrast, the administration of Pittsford costs each resident $137.16.** The salaries of the Village Board members are the lowest in the county, though Brockport is the most populous village.
** Excludes employees who earn an hourly wage because that data is not available.
- Brockport is the village with the lowest per capita property tax assessment, $24,612.64. Next lowest is Hilton at $36,055.47. As our taxes are based on assessment times tax rate, low assessments require higher tax rate, but not higher taxes—and that is what we pay. Therefore, our property taxes amount to $288.56 per person per year, placing us fourth highest among the counties ten villages.
- Brockport’s police have the lowest pay scale in Monroe County, starting at $36,576 and rising to $69,496 in five steps. Next lowest is Town of Greece, starting at $37,000 and rising to $83,749 in three steps.
- Brockport’s police are the tenth cheapest per capita among the thirteen SUNY units in cities or villages that have police forces, costing 52 cents per capita per day. Next cheapest is Fredonia at 60 cents.
- Brockport’s poverty rate is artificially inflated by the presence of so many impecunious college students. Without them, our rate would be quite normal.
- The present Village Board has kept the tax rate rise under the tax cap every year, whereas the Town Board has exceeded the tax cap in two of the past four years. The current budget will actually reduce the tax rate slightly. If this pattern continues, dissolution of the village would result in losing the state rebates for taxpayers in municipalities that stay under the tax cap.
- Brockport taxpayers contribute $522,336 of the $1,427,366 total Town of Sweden budget. Of that amount, 13.9% pays for items for which the village receives no benefit. If that amount were deducted from the tax bills of village taxpayers, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would save $33 a year, reducing the tax rate still further.
- The current Village Board has taken major steps to cut Village expenses: 1) Contracted to generate solar electricity for a projected saving of $1.200,000 over 25 years, 2) Arranged to acquire our street lights for a substantial saving, 3) Negotiated a significant reduction in office supply costs, 4) Rationalized the overtime system of the Police Department for substantial savings, 5) Secured nearly $1 million in grants.
- Maintained a water supply rate structure that benefits the homeowner. Users of fewer than 40,000 gallons per year (most single-family homes) pay less than outside the village. Users of over 40,000 gallons per year (most student rentals) pay more than outside the village.
- Introduced a sewer fee that requires payments to the village by property owners who are exempt from property tax payments.
- The current Board has made substantial savings by leaving vacant the positions of Village Manager, Economic Development Coordinator, DPW (Water) Foreman, and Police Clerk and by reducing the Clerk-Treasurer staff by one part-time position.
- The current Board has reduced insurance costs by switching providers and labor costs by installing radio-read water meters.
- The current Board has collected $110,000 in delinquent parking fines that had gone uncollected by the Town.
Vote “No” on May 24, 2016