October 7, 2021 Special Meeting (Draft)

Meeting was called to order at 5:40pm by Supervisor Peter Shrope at the Brighton Town Hall, 12 County Road 31 (aka Jones Pond Road), Paul Smiths, New York, on October 7, 2021
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited

Present: Supervisor Peter Shrope
Council Members: Amber McKernan, Steve Tucker and Lydia Wright
Absent: Council Member Matthew Szeliga
Others Present: Richard Meagher ñ Budget Officer, Andy Crary-Superintendent of Highways, and Elaine Sater-Town Clerk
Guests: None

Notice of this meeting was posted on the Town Clerkís Sign Board on September 30, 2021 and published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on September 30, 2021.

Town Clerk distributed the Tentative Budget for 2022 to Town Board members on September 30, 2021.
Richard Meagher discussed the Tentative Budget for 2022 with the Board. The Supervisor requested a 3% cost of living increase for each .1 salary line and an increase of 10% for the Supervisor position since the Town Council members and the Superintendent of Highways received large increases in the last two years. Next year the cost-of-living increase is predicted to be 6%. The Superintendent of Highways requested a 5% raise. The amount of funds for the Civic Center was increased by $250 due to renovations.

General Appropriations increased by 3.97% to $432,459
General Revenue no increase $46,984
Highway Appropriations increased by 5.4% to $405,876
Highway Revenue no increase $110,622
Fire Protection District increase by 3% to $103,327
Street Lighting District no increase $900
Total Budget for 2022 increase by 3.9% to $942,562
Unexpended Fund Balances to be applied to Highway and General Funds to meet tax cap of 1.2% or $698,144

Richard Meagher gave a list of the Fund Balances since 2017 according to the AUD filed with the Office of the State Comptroller. The 2022 Budget is in line with previous years.
2017: General $400,044 Highway $180,348
2018: General $448,692 Highway $202,110
2019: General $486,039 Highway $213,536
2020: General $533,610 Highway $225,254

Motion to Adjourn at 6:25pm made by Amber McKernan, second by Lydia Wright, Aye 4 (McKernan, Shrope, Tucker, Wright), Nay 0, Absent 1 (Szeliga)

Respectfully Submitted, Elaine W. Sater, RMC, Brighton Town Clerk