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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board highlighted their 2022 Budget last night at the Town Board Meeting. The 2022 Budget will again decrease the town tax rate this year. The new town tax rate will be lowered by $0.16, bringing the rate down to $5.99 per thousand of assessed value. This will be the largest decrease we have proposed and an affirmation of the fiscal stability of the town.

Having recently received a “0” rating from the NYS Comptroller on the Fiscal Stress Scale was another major milestone we are celebrating. A zero rating means there are no signs of fiscal stress attributed to the Town of Greece. As an example of the significance of this accomplishment, the Comptrollers begins to monitor any government entity who approaches a score of 40-45 on the scale.  This is the level (40 and above) when the Comptroller’s Office begins to monitor the direction of stress on the community’s budget. Our rating of zero is something to be very proud of, especially as we continue to navigate the negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic has caused both economically and for many on a personal level as well.

Additionally, there is always the debate of tax rate versus levy. For the first time in at least over 32 years, this is the first time the tax levy has never gone down. This year, the Town of Greece Tax Levy will decrease by $326,725.

And while all of this is good news, there is still more. We are over $1.8M below the state regulated Tax Cap. 

“We have worked hard to keep our finances in check, we have paid cash for our amenities; the ice rink, the new Children’s Library Expansion, the soon to start Community and Senior Center renovation, and with good planning we are able to present this significant tax decrease” Supervisor Reilich said. “With prices on so many of our everyday items like food and gasoline on the rise, we wanted to be sure that your taxes were not. The Town Board and I are so proud of all of our department heads and our employees for helping us work smarter and more efficiently and again justifying every expense. It was a team effort and I couldn’t be prouder to present this budget to the hardworking taxpayers in our community” Reilich concluded.

The Town Budget will be available for public viewing on October 31st and the Town Board will accept comments from the public. The Tentative Budget is scheduled to be voted on in November. Prior to the October 31st availability of the complete budget, the Tentative Budget Presentation documents will be available on the town website later this morning.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich this afternoon was joined by Matthew Mastowski for an official Eagle Scout Award Presentation Ceremony. The Town of Greece Eagle Scout Recognition Medal is presented to all Boy Scouts who have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in their local troop.

“It is an honor for me to present proclamations and medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “This afternoon, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Matthew Mastowski who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 18. For his Eagle Scout Project, Matthew decided to pursue a project that would benefit the children who visited YMCA Camp Northpoint. Matthew wanted to choose a project where he was able to build something – and he was able to do just that with this project. Matthew built benches and a TV communication stand at YMCA Camp Northpoint. Thank you, Matthew, for choosing a project that helped enhance the experience of children attending YMCA Camp Northpoint”.

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the United States largest youth organizations, is dedicated to promoting self-reliance, courage, and patriotism among young men. The Eagle Scout Award is attained after countless hours of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the scouting creed. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their webpage www.scouting.org.

We are saddened by the news of the death of General Colin Powell. He truly lived out the American Dream. The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, and a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four presidents. As a mark of respect for General Powell, the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff until sunset on October 22, 2021. Our country lays to rest a great man and leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with General Powell’s friends and family.

Monroe County’s Department of Environmental Services and the Town of Greece have partnered to hold an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Town of Greece Highway Garage, 647 Long Pond Road, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 7:45am to 12:00pm.

Most HHW (paint, flammables, cleaners and other chemicals from home-use) is safe when used and stored properly. When they become unwanted and are disposed of improperly, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.

To ensure safety and reduce waiting times, appointments are required at all HHW collections.  Appointments for this HHW collection will be accepted until October 15th. To schedule an appointment go on-line to http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark to schedule your appointment. This HHW collection is open to all Monroe County residents. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.

Up to 30 gallons of the following materials will be accepted per appointment at no charge:

  • Oil-based & Latex Paint (for 1/3 gallon or less of latex paint: discard lid, add kitty litter, let dry, place can in trash)
  • Wood Stain & Preservatives
  • Automotive Fluids (antifreeze; brake, power steering and transmission fluids)
  • Pesticides & Fertilizers
  • Flammable Products (gasoline, kerosene, thinners, strippers, solvents)
  • Household Cleaners (liquid soaps & waxes, drain cleaners, etc.)
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Pool & Photo Chemicals
  • Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats)
  • Syringes/Sharps (safely packaged)

Do Not Bring: used motor oil & vehicle batteries (contact service station or retailer); Pharmaceutical wastes, Propane tanks (permanent HHW facility only), cans with dried paint (if it rattles when shaken – remove lid and place in trash); empty containers (trash or recycle); everyday alkaline batteries (trash); glazing/spackle & joint compounds (trash).

If residents are unable to take advantage of this one day HHW collection, the County offers other collections throughout the year. For more information or for business waste disposal options go on-line at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark

Yesterday, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Director of Planning and Economic Development Scott Copey met with Phil Fitzsimmons and Billy Owens from Paneffort and discuss the town’s ongoing support as they move toward locating in the old “Sams” location of the plaza. 

Supervisor Bill Reilich and his team have kept a keen eye on this plaza ever since it fell into bank-owned status. While being diligent in efforts to keep the code maintenance issues in check (parking lot, litter, etc.) and working with the bank, they have always prioritized offering any assistance possible to get this occupied. They are thankful for the efforts of Jay Wegman’s company and their partners in purchasing the plaza and working with the Town to secure tenants. 

This is another example of the great work being done here in Greece in our newly formed Economic Development Department. Their work combined with our new adaptive re-use zoning provisions made it possible for Paneffort to occupy a great deal of space in the plaza and to allow for their business to grow. The business has been very busy trying to keep up with the PPE needs caused by the pandemic and they continue to grow and explore additional business opportunities in the health care supply field.

“The Elmridge Plaza revitalization plans continue” said Supervisor Reilich. “Please join me in welcoming Paneffort and their employees to our wonderful town. They are joining a growing number of businesses interested in the plaza which has already seen new occupants set up shop. My team and I will continue to be proactive, working to fill our vacant spaces and also embracing new development in our business corridor”.