LAKEWOOD – Lakewood Village Council has unanimously approved the 2022-23 Village Budget.
No one from the public spoke at a public hearing on the budget at a meeting this week.
Lakewood Mayor Randy Holcomb previously submitted an interim budget proposal to the village council that included a tax rate decrease of 7.1 cents per $1,000 of estimated property value. The total appropriations for the 2022-2023 budget are $4,129,849, which includes $1,951,610 in estimated revenues, $200,000 in allocated sales tax surplus, $20,000 in reserve funds and $1,998,239 $ in taxes.
In a previous interview, Holcomb said the lower tax rate was made possible by increased sales tax revenue over the past year.
“It shows that we are really using it to the benefit of everyone and not just one group or one department,” he said. “The whole village will be able to benefit from it with the reduced tax rate.”
Likewise, the village will use $146,484 of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the village’s Department of Public Works to purchase an international dump truck with plow assembly.
Members of the Village Board of Directors thanked Village Treasurer Apryl Troutman and other members of the administration who worked on next year’s budget.
Council members also approved an update to the Lakewood Bark Park Policy and Agreement. East Terrace Avenue Park has been a council topic for several months. Complaints have been filed over park policies after a local resident said his dog had been banned for alleged assault.
Since then, the board has discussed updating the policy while dealing with other issues. At the last meeting, the trustees tabled the updated policy until the smoking regulations of various substances and age limits in the park are updated.
A service contract agreement with SOLitude Lake Management has been approved for herbicide application in targeted areas of Chautauqua Lake.
Holcomb said the herbicide treatment will include the use of Aquathol k on approximately 58.1 acres and ProcellaCor EC on approximately 120 acres in Chautauqua Lake in coordination with the Town of Busti. The cost of the application will be $125,607 for the Lakewood area.
“This is what we and SOLitude asked to be treated”, said Holcomb. “Now we are waiting to see what the DEC will approve.”
In March, the board approved a resolution authorizing SOLitude Lake Management to prepare and submit an application for a herbicide use permit on Lakewood’s behalf.