On motion of TRUSTEE____________, seconded by TRUSTEE _______, the
following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
Support of legislation to adopt an amendment on the New York State Constitution to reform the New York State Budget Process
Whereas, a bipartisan campaign effort led by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Vincent Leibell was launched on July 6, 2004 to reform New York by gathering public support for an amendment to the New York State Constitution (A.11231/S.7317) to change the process for budget adoption and ensure on-time-state budgets; and
Whereas, said budget reform needs to gain support from other government officials and the public in order for the voters to vote positively on this change at the polls in November 2005; and
Whereas, said amendment will move the start of New York’s fiscal year from April 1 to May 1 to better fiscal projections on revenues and expenditures; provide for a contingency budget equivalent to the budget of the preceding year to automatically go into effect on May 1 if no budget agreement has been reached; require a 2 year appropriation for education aid in order for school districts to know in advance what tax support they will receive from the state budget; create a reserve fund to ensure sufficient funds exist for the payment of education aid in May and June; require the Governor’s office to submit its budget one week earlier and provide more information on the costs of current year services; and establish an independent budget office to make revenue and expenditure projections.
Now, therefore be it resolved, that the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson does hereby support the efforts of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Vincent Leibell to pursue public support for an amendment to the New York State Constitution to change the process for budget adoption and ensure on-time-state budgets.
Date: November 22, 2004