Niskayuna proposes $15 million budget for 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: MARC SCHULTZ
Mark Stryker walks with his bag of disks to hole. An expansion of the town’s disc golf course, from nine holes to a full 18, is expected for 2017. Original photo taken on Nov. 14, 2013.PHOTOGRAPHER: MARC SCHULTZ Mark Stryker walks with his bag of disks to hole. An expansion of the town’s disc golf course, from nine holes to a full 18, is expected for 2017. Original photo taken on Nov. 14, 2013.

— Niskayuna residents can expect to see a tax increase this year, as the town takes on improvements to its wastewaster treatment plant and its discgolf course.

A tentative budget of $15,021,504 was proposed by the town of Niskayuna for 2017. This is an increase of $505,406 from the adopted 2016 budget.

The proposed homestead tax rate is $2.76 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is up from last year’s $2.65. The non-homestead tax rate has increased from $5.51 in 2016 to 5.67.

The median home value in Niskayuna is assessed at $274,400. Thus the average homeowner would pay $756.22 in town property taxes. In 2016, the average taxpayer paid $728.35 in town property taxes.

According to town supervisor Joe Landry, the budget increase from $14.4 million in 2016 to $15 million is due to several large-scale projects.

Since August, the town has been working to replace water lines on Pearse and Lishakill Roads and costs from this project will be carried over into 2017.

Improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant on Whitmyer Drive also make up a large portion of the proposed budget.

Some of these improvements will include a new electrical system, a generator and tanks.

The police department will also be purchasing new vehicles and adding another staff member, due to the recent retirement of Officer Michael Terwilliger.

The town will be building a new water and sewer garage on WTRY Road, next to their highway facility, making both department operations run more efficiently.

“We’re continually changing our programs as well. It’s another large part of our budget,” Landry said, citing the Niskayuna soccer camp and the Fall Fun Run as two prime examples.

An expansion of the town’s disc golf course is also in store for 2017, taking the course from nine holes to a full 18.

The town will also be building new playgrounds in the next year, although the locations are undecided.

To learn more about the budget, residents can attend any of the following budget workshops:

Tuesday, October 18 at 4 p.m. with the Public Works and Transportation departments.

Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. with the Town Board and with the Police Department following the Town Board meeting

Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at the Agenda meeting. This will include a public hearing on the budget.

Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Town Board meeting, when the budget will be adopted.