(Niskayuna, NY) The proposed 2018 Budget includes a 2% tax rate cut for residents while essentially holding spending flat.
“The goal of this Town budget is to be fiscally responsible while maintaining the services critical to protecting and improving the quality of life in our Town,” said Supervisor Joe Landry. “Since its implementation, the Town has stayed within the tax cap every year, including this year, by seeking new ways to provide needed services through innovation and cooperation.”
This year, the Town refinanced several bonds to save approximately $230,000 over the remaining years of the bonds. This was made possible by the Town’s strong bond rating – tied for fifth best in the entire State of New York. The Town’s new wastewater treatment plant will save taxpayers $3.3 million over the next fifteen years through contractually guaranteed electricity and gas savings along with onsite electricity production– ultimately creating a net-zero facility. Our partnership with other communities and the County through the Unified Communications Center has improved public safety and saves $137,149 annually. Additionally, prudent budgeting will save the Town $134,200 in pension, health care, and insurance costs in 2018.
Highlights of important recent accomplishments:
- Niskayuna was designated one of the first Clean Energy Communities in New York State through its implementation of sustainable and energy-friendly policies resulting in a $100,000 grant to the Town
- Niskayuna completed over five miles of paving in 2017 using the industry best practices set by the Cornell Local Roads Program and will pave five more miles in 2018
- Niskayuna installed a new playground in Blatnick Park, enhancing our recreational space and progressing the recently adopted Parks Master Plan
Additionally, the Town has received grant funding to support the following projects:
- New Veterans Memorial at Town Hall
- New streamlined solar permitting
- Clean Energy Community Designation
- Improvements to Aqueduct Park through a Canalway Grant and a DEC Mohawk River Basin Program Grant
- Construction of Multi-Use Path Connections at Zenner Soccer Fields and Flower Hill
- New Town Hall Charging Station
- Upper Union Streetscape Improvements
- New Intergovernmental Fueling Station
The Town continues to pursue smart and sustainable economic growth, such as the revitalized Shoprite Plaza. Recent economic development projects in our Town included a dentist office at 1759 Union St, the Albany Medical Building on 1769 Union St, upgrades to the GE Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the new Harmon Grove Subdivision by Reilly Way. Progress also continues on the new Rivers Ledge Riverfront Development, which will revitalize a former automobile recycling property and add new community riverfront access.
Community Programs recently expanded the Disc Golf Course and added a Youth Golf League, two new camp programs, two Outdoor Movie Nights, and a Snow Sculpture Contest. The 2018 Budget includes funding to continue the Town’s Concert Series, expand Town Movie Nights at Town Hall and the Town Pool, add weekend hours at the Driving Range, and improve senior programs. In 2018, the Town is also introducing a Disc Golf Tournament, a Festival of Wreaths Exhibit, and Outdoor Paint Night at Town Hall.