2019 Preliminary Budget Released

September 18, 2018




Contact: Town Manager, Doug Finch

            (585)394-1120 ext. 2234


Town of Canandaigua releases proposed 2019 Preliminary Town Budget


(Canandaigua, NY) – The Town Board of the Town of Canandaigua has set a public hearing for October 15, 2018 at 6:00pm to be located at the Town Hall on the proposed 2019 Preliminary Town of Canandaigua Town Budget in order to hear from residents about the proposed plan.

The 2019 Preliminary Budget totals $11,890,683.00 and includes a general and highway fund tax rate of $1.03 per thousand dollars of assessed value.  The 2018 adopted Town Budget included a tax rate of $ 0.91 per thousand of assessed value.


“Original projections associated with the construction of the new highway facility indicated a need to increase the Town tax rate between $ 0.25 - $ 0.31 per thousand dollars of assessed value”, according to Town of Canandaigua Public Works Committee Chairman Terry Fennelly.  “Thanks to efforts on the part of the Town Board, Town Manager, staff, and overall fiscal management we were able to trim that impact by half to the proposed increase of $ 0.12 per thousand of assessed value for the costs associated with the construction of the facility.”


Linda Dworaczyk, Chair of the Town of Canandaigua Finance Committee said, “Fiscal responsibility and efficiency with taxpayer dollars is at the forefront for all of our Town Board.  Evaluating revenues and managing expenditures happens all year long, which allowed us to present a fiscally responsible budget that absorbs about half of the impact of the new highway facility and positions the Town for the future.”


The 2019 Preliminary budget includes a General Fund levy of $530,306.00; Highway Fund levy of $865,000.00; Fire Protection District levy of $1,052,011.00; and special district levies for a total overall levy of $3,233,927.00.  The proposed spending plan is not tax cap compliant due to the levy associated with the new highway facility, a new special water district, and an increased in spending for fire fighter protection with the City of Canandaigua.  Additionally, new this year, the proposed plan includes a multiyear outlook financial strategy with projections associated with revenue and expenditures through 2023.


Highlights of the 2019 proposed plan include:


  • General Fund: Expenditures total $3,947,434.00 with a property tax levy of $530,306.00 (represents $ 0.39 of the proposed $1.03 tax rate)

    • Construction of the new highway facility;

    • Town Parks Improvements including ADA accessibility at Onanda Park, Outhouse Park, Blue Herron Park, and Pierce Park as identified in the Town of Canandaigua’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan;

    • Funding for a feasibility study of safety and pedestrian improvements along Middle Cheshire Road (if grant is awarded);

    • Contracted additional policy speed enforcement along Middle Cheshire Road and County Road 16;

    • Shared services with the City of Canandaigua including the repurposing of existing tennis courts at Sonnenberg Park for pickle ball courts, recreation programs for adults and youth; and economic development efforts.


  • Highway Fund: Expenditures total $4,267,090.00 with a property tax levy of $865,000.00 (represents $ 0.64 of the proposed $1.03 tax rate)

    • Road improvements include: Nott Road; Smith Road; Butler Road; and micro-paving of Cowan Road, Brahm Road, Kepner Drive, Thomas Road, Canandaigua Hopewell Townline Road, Hopkins Road, Barnes Road, Coye Road, and Dugway Road.


  • Fire Protection District: Increase in fire protection services with the City of Canandaigua to employ 12 full time career fire fighters to provide fire protection for the Town of Canandaigua along with Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department, Bristol Volunteer Fire Department, and East Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department.  The fiscal impact of the total contractual levy for fire protection associated with the 2019 budget includes a tax rate of $ 0.73 per thousand of assessed value, or an anticipated increase for the average property owner of $18.83 per year ($1.57 per month).


  • Special Districts: Excluding the Fire Protection District, the Town operates 27 other special districts including 12 special water districts, 1 special sewer district, 9 special drainage districts, and 5 special lighting districts.  The 2019 budget includes planned expenditures, if any, relating to these districts individually.  Additionally, the 2019 plan positions the Town to begin the process for required water infrastructure system improvements while minimizing the impact to residents during future years.


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