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Yorktown Budget Calls for 7.72 Percent Tax Increase, Could Drop to 4.75

Supervisor Michael Grace releases his tentative 2013 budget.

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace has released his tentative 2013 budget of 32.2 million, which initially included a 7.72 percent tax hike for the majority of residents, but after town board members discussed a revised budget last week, he said that rate would go down to 4.75 percent.

Yorktown town board members will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 20 to review the budget before adopting a preliminary budget. 

Grace's initially proposed budget called for a 7.72 percent increase in the town’s "ADL tax rate" – composed of the general, highway and library fund. The reason why Grace said it would drop down to 4.75 is because the town would dip into the fund balance, see a one-time savings of about $800,000 with a new garbage hauler contract and use $750,000 to loser that water district fund balance.

"All towns dwell on the operating budget – the ADL budget," said Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco, who said this was one of the highest proposed budget increases in years.

However, there are 28 different taxing districts within the town of Yorktown with its own budget and tax rate. Residents' total town tax bill depends on what districts they live in.

For example, the tax bill for the typical resident with town utilities would decrease 0.50 percent, according to numbers in the proposed tentative budget. Residents without town utilities, would see an increase of 2.58 percent on their tax bill, according to the budget.

The proposed budget does not include raises for elected officials, which is a proposal Councilman Bianco said he would like to have a further discussion on. The town supervisor serves a two-year term and is paid $112,095 a year. Members of the town board serve a four-year term and are paid $18,085 a year.

No layoffs are called for under the current proposed budget.

The official budget hearing on the budget is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Town Hall. Town board members must adopt the budget by Dec. 20. 

For a copy of the town's budget, go to the town's website.

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Francis T McVetty November 21, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Susan, just finished reading the Northern Westchester Examiner where you stated that [ Siegel noted homeowners without sewer and water would see a combined tax increase of 2.58% .] If this is true then we, the "un-sewered 1000", are again taking it in the neck. We have failing septic systems which the town does NOT care about and now we will have to pay an increase? For what.? What is the town doing for us with this increase? The only person that ever actually tried to do something for us was Susan Siegel and that was before she was elected supervisor. The town has forgotten about us when it comes to sewers, how about forgetting about us with this tax increase!
Susan Siegel November 21, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Francis:Re the unsewered homes in the Hallocks Mill sewer district, here's a belated response to your question about what's happening. Regrettably, no progress has been made this year on resolving the sewer situation for the 1,000 unsewered homeowners in the Hallocks Mill district, who, by the way, are no longer paying any taxes into the district. Instead of focusing on what could be done within the district to solve the problem, Supervisor Grace has chosen instead to revisit a plan, considered, but dismissed, in the 1990s, in 2005 and again last year, that would divert a portion of the Hallocks Mill sewage flow to the Peekskill plant. To accomplish this, he needs the support of Peekskill and Cortlandt who are part of the Peekskill Sanitary Sewer District and who opposed diversion in the past. He also needs to find additional funds. Since January, Supervisor Grace has had only one exploratory meeting with officials from Peekskill and Cortlandt; a follow up October meeting had to be canceled because of Sandy and has not been rescheduled yet. But -- even if diversion were to proceed -- and that’s a big IF -- it still wouldn’t solve other critical problems in the Hallocks Mill sewer infrastructure system that need to be addressed before more homes can be sewered. If there’s to be progress in 2013, the Town needs to make Hallocks Mill sewers more of a priority issue as well as pursuing solutions that have a realistic chance of being implemented.
Francis T McVetty November 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Evan, did I hear you complain when the President of the United States wants to do the same thing?
Francis T McVetty November 22, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Mike Rodriques, over 90% of incumbents win at election time. Set term limits. Elected office is NOT a career. It was a temporary job. You got into office did what had to be done and then got a REAL job.
Mike Rodriques December 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Then shame on us for re-electing them. We're reaping what we sowed...

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