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RECENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS 10/31/17:

Town Board Meetings & Finances 


In the last few days the Town has fielded questions about aspects of the Town Board and the Town Finances.

Here are the questions, and the answers.

1.  How long do Town Board meetings usually last? Are most less than 25 minutes?

Over the past four years, Town Board meeting times have been as follows:

Timeframe

Average Length

Percentage of All Meetings at least 25 Minutes Long

Oct. 2016 – Oct. 2017

46 min.

70%

Sept 2015 – Sept 2016

52 min.

79%

Aug. 2014 – Sept 2015

48 min.

67%

Sept. 2013 – Sept 2014

91 min.

96%

SOURCE: All of this data comes from the published minutes of our Town Board meetings. Minutes for each meeting are posted on the Town website shortly after each meeting. All report the start time and adjournment time for each meeting. 

You can see them here: www.townofpittsford.org/filedepot?cid=1

2.  Have Town Administrative salaries increased over the past 7 years? If so, by how much?

Over the seven year period 2009 through 2016, Town Administrative Salaries increased by 13%.

Administrative Salaries for 2016:     $2,318,741

Administrative Salaries for 2009:     $2,052,858

SOURCE: Audited year-end financial statements for the Town of Pittsford published by the Office of the New York State Comptroller.

You can see the Comptroller’s reports for Pittsford here: http://wwe2.osc.state.ny.us/transparency/LocalGov/LocalGovIntro.cfm

Then:

  • Under “Report” click “Revenues and Expenditures
  • Under “Report Type” click “Trend”
  • That takes you to a new dialog box
  • Under “Class” select “Town”
  • Under “Name of Local Government” Select “Pittsford”

It generates the report. Expand all the boxes on the left. Administrative Salaries actually paid are reported Department-by-Department, on the lines with the notation “Pers Serv” (for “Personal Services”).

The sum of all of those lines for each year are the numbers shown above.

The increase for the 7-year period was 13%. Through careful management by the Town administration, that increase was less than was budgeted for the period.

The 13% is what was actually paid, based on actual audited year-end results for each year.