Village budget ducks under the tax cap

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  • (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

By Geri Corey

— The Village of Goshen'S proposed budget has come in under the state's mandated tax cap, and “we’re proud of that,” said Mayor Kyle Roddey.

At the March 27 meeting, Roddey explained that the budget increases were driven up by items not under village control, like a health insurance increase of $160,000 and additional retirement costs.

New purchases include items needed for Department of Public Works maintenance jobs and the cost of leasing one police car.

To boost cost savings, the mayor encourages residents to up their recycling efforts, since the village pays for garbage pick-up but not for recycling.

“Recycling is under utilized,” he said.

For its part, the Village is installing cost-effective LED lighting in the downtown business district.

Although the public hearing was closed, the public has time to submit letters of comment before board members vote to approve the June 1, 2017 –May 31, 2018 budget. Voting will take place on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

More village news 2017 Village Elections — Kyle Roddey, Mayor, 140 votes; Edward Char, Trustee, 129 votes; Peter Smith, Trustee, 132 votes. All positions are for two-year terms.

A 5K Race, on Sunday April 30, starting at 9 a.m., is in memory of Lucas O’Connor, who died in a tragic car accident in July 2015. Luke was an organ donor, and he was able to save many lives.

Proceeds from the race will go to both the Lucas O’Connor Scholarship and to Donate Life America, a not-for-profit organization committed to increasing the number of registered organ, eye, and tissue donors across the United States.

Runners/walkers pay $25 ($30 day of race); guaranteed shirt if registered by April 1. Local prizes and awards for winners. For more information or entry form, contact race directors: Erin Sherry ( or Stacy Cameron ( For updates, follow on Facebook under Luke Lives On 5K.

The board approved the race, subject to approval by Goshen Chief of Police James Watt.

Treating the wells — Department of Public Works Superintendent Scott Birney was given the okay to solicit bids for treatment and rehabilitation of the CRV wells. Birney noted that these are large capacity wells and rehabilitation work needs to be done.

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