Paying for unexpected $1.4M costs for Cicero Highway garage: Your Stories

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CICERO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Construction on the new Cicero highway garage is on track to finish by October or November, according to Cicero Supervisor Mark Venesky.

NewsChannel 9’s Your Stories team received questions from a few viewers about how the project is being paid for since it is over budget by $1.4 million.

Venesky says the additional costs popped up when the project lost a full year of construction after it was forced to a public vote back in June of 2017. The project moved forward after residents voted in favor of it.

During that time — Venesky says the cost of materials, such as steel and oil, went up — some prices spiked as much 40 percent. He also says the cost of labor went up.

Venesky says two payments of $700,000 each from the town’s fund balance will be made to cover the additional costs. The current fund balance stands at just over $4 million, according to Venesky.

“My entire budget is $14.5 million and to be hit with a $1.4 million shortfall is not chump change. That’s a lot of money to us,” Venesky said. “To be able to pay for that in our budget, and budget that, and pay with fund balance — I’m pretty proud that we handled that. We’re not going to raise taxes any higher for the residents of the Town of Cicero.”

Because the town is using fund balance money to pay for the highway garage’s additional costs — Venesly says a project to help the Town Court meet New York state compliance will be put off for at least two years.

If you have a question for the Your Stories team, email YourStories@LocalSYR.com.

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