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Canandaigua Town Board schedules meeting for contentious 2024 budget

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The Canandaigua Town Board will hold a special public meeting on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. to further discuss the proposed 2024 town budget. The meeting will take place at Town Hall but will also be accessible via Zoom for those who register in advance.

The preliminary $14.4 million budget proposal highlights a 37% increase in the town’s property assessed value following this year’s property revaluation, raising the value from $1.41 billion to $1.93 billion. Consequently, tax rates have dropped, but homeowners could see a slight uptick in their tax bills. However, a significant point of contention has been the proposed 330% salary increase for Town Supervisor Jared Simpson, from $21,861 to $94,000. In response to community feedback, several budget amendments have been made, including salary reductions for Town Board members and town justices, as well as adjustments in various budget lines including fireworks expenses and contingency funds.

Ahead of the meeting, Canandaigua residents with queries are urged to reach out to Supervisor Jared Simpson. The board is also expected to discuss capital expenditures for local water districts during the meeting.