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State Comptroller review shows no fiscal stress

February 27, 2014
By Ann Belcher - , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

BROCTON - The Village of Brocton received some good news from the Office of the State Comptroller this week. Brocton was notified by Deputy Comptroller Gabriel Deyo that the village has received a No Designation class score of 19.2 indicating it's experiencing no fiscal crisis according to the state's Annual Update Document.

The goal of the Annual Update Document and scoring system is to inform municipal leaders and taxpayers both of the economic and budgetary issues facing their localities so that corrective action can be taken if necessary. Scores are calculated using data that is submitted routinely by municipalities. According to the classification, Brocton's score of 19.2 falls under the No Designation of fiscal stress class, ranging from zero to 45 percent. Any designation over 45 percent signifies "Susceptible;" "Moderate;" or "Significant" stress of municipal fiscal health.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli wrapped up his final plans in January to implement the statewide fiscal monitoring system to identify struggling municipalities which works alongside the Avoid Crisis Tomorrow with Fiscal Awareness Strategies Today (or ACT FAST) monitoring program.

Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton described the score Wednesday during the Village Board of Trustees meeting as "Good news."

"That's not to say that next year's budget won't be challenging, but for this year, this is very good news," added Hazelton.

In other matters, the mayor thanked Streets Superintendent Tom Allen and his crew for their satisfactory maintenance of village streets and sidewalks during winter weather and heavy snowfall. Trustee Dale Van Vlack also reminds village of Brocton residents who have fire hydrants on their properties to be sure they're cleared of snow and visible to responding fire department personnel.

The mayor also updated board members on a recently demonstrated "water leak listener" program that can pinpoint water leak activity along water lines. According to the mayor, the program is something that could be a joint asset for the village and the Town of Portland.

The trustees, excluding the mayor, also authorized Wednesday to appoint Ryan Hazelton as a full time wastewater treatment plant operator trainee. Mayor Hazelton publicly disclosed at the meeting (pursuant to the Village Law) that the appointee is his son, and recused himself from any voting on the appointment. Deputy Mayor, J. Dale Abram acted on the appointment, which was seconded by Trustees Planty and Van Vlack.



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