Whitehall Municipal Center.

By PJ Ferguson

The village of Whitehall is in good fiscal health, according to the annual fiscal stress report by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

While Whitehall’s fiscal score saw a slight uptick from last year’s 3.3 points to this year’s five, both scores are substantially below the 45-point threshhold for susceptible fiscal stress.

The increase stems from 3.33 points accrued from the village operating at a deficit.

Their expenditures, totaling $3,096,215, were about $15,000 more than the village’s revenue.

The reasoning for this, said Mayor Phil Smith, is loans that “came due” on a sewer project that was approved by a previous administration.

In comparison, Granville is in worse fiscal shape, scoring 27.1 points. While still considered to have no designation of fiscal stress, they are much closer to the mark, but actually down from previous years.

Much of Granville’s points come from also operating at a deficit, a larger one of about $80,000, and keeping a low fund balance.

Along with the annual fiscal stress reports, the State Comptroller’s Office also examines a number of factors to determine environmental stress including poverty, income and unemployment levels, among an assortment of other contributing aspects.

The village of Whitehall is currently under a susceptible amount of environmental stress, according to the report, chalking up 33.3 points, only slightly above the 30-point benchmark for that designation.

One contributing factor is the percent of households receiving public assistance sitting at 21.35%.

Of the 904 households in the village, 193 receive government assistance. For this factor, 6.67 points were tacked to the environmental score. Though, for comparison, Granville village’s number is much higher at 32.29%, scoring up 20 points, the highest amount that can be granted for this factor.

However, Granville has a much lower unemployment rate than Whitehall. At 10.67%, the unemployment rate for Whitehall more than doubles Granville’s rate of five percent. For Whitehall, this earned them another 6.67 points with Granville receiving none.

“These factors impact the community but we do not directly control them,” said Smith.

Comments

comments


Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , ,

Supervisors change county budget officer

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

By PJ Ferguson This morning’s special Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting was wrapped in under 10 minutes, however, with […]

Obituary: Gladys M. Monger

Monger obit photo

West Pawlet, VT – Gladys Monger, 90 years old, passed away on May 25, 2020. She was born in Granville, […]

Obituary: Ruth A. Beckett

Ruth A Beckett obit photo

Ruth A. Beckett, 93, went to be with the Lord on May 21, 2020. She is survived by a daughter, Joan […]

State budget shortfalls will have minimal impact on village, town

granville

By Matthew Saari While public schools across the state sweat and ponder how much state money they will receive for […]

Canal to open – but not here, Lock 12 shut down till August

Canal Open

By PJ Ferguson The New York State Canal Corporation is targeting to open all locks along the Champlain Canal on […]

Boat memorial restored

Boat memorial

By PJ Ferguson Members of American Legion Post 83 helped to rebuild the boat memorial that stands on the corner […]

Tax deadline extended for village residents

granville

By Matthew Saari Residents of the village of Granville will have an additional three weeks to submit their annual property […]

Village OK sought for power line; hearing on June 16

tdi route

By PJ Ferguson   A new project could bring in excess of $200,000 in additional property taxes per year to […]

Amanda Peet plays housewife turned murderer

DIRTY JOHN -- "No Fault" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

By Barb Oates One of the most important things about a divorce is learning to pick your battles. For Betty […]

Ask Matt: Why is ‘celebrity’ so overused in show titles?

TVG_Ask_Matt

By Matt Roush Question: It’s tiring to see the use of “star” and “celebrity” in show titles. I clicked on […]

Obituary: Amy R. Phipps

Amy Phipps obit photo

Amy R. Phipps 73, passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield Illinois on Tuesday April 28, 2020. Amy was […]

Obituary: James Eli McKeighan

James Eli McKeighan obit photo

Rupert-James Eli McKeighan, 89, of Rupert, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. […]