After listening to Yorktown homeowners' concerns over the 2013 budget during a nearly four-hour public hearing on Dec. 5, town board members are expected to vote Tuesday night on the final budget.
The 2013 preliminary budget calls for a 4.17-percent increase in the general fund because of the town settling the back-logged Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) contracts, Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said.
Despite the hike in the basic rate, most Yorktown homeowners will see their 2013 property tax rate go down, not up, Grace said during a review of the tentative budget last month.
To offset the 4.17 percent increase, the town has dipped into the fund balance, got a one-time savings of about $800,000 by switching garbage haulers last month, which will cut every household’s refuse-collection bill by 13.4 percent, and used $750,000 to lower the water district fund balance.
Grace said the changes in the budget are due both to one-time savings with the garbage contract and savings in the water district as well as one-time expenses such as salary increase for town employees and members of the police department.
To read more about the public hearing, click here.
For more details on the budget, click here.