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Should Pleasantville Override the Tax Cap? [POLL]

The Village of Pleasantville's proposed budget for 2012-13 is just below the cap.

Should Pleasantville's village board vote to override the 2 percent tax cap by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last year in the village?

While the  is right beneath the state-imposed limit, Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer said last week, "Our treasurer and our village attorney recommend the board consider overriding the tax cap."

Municipalities in New York State are allowed to override the cap with a simple majority by the board, while school districts must put the issue to a vote.

The move, Dwyer explained, would not necessarily mean the village would raise taxes above the limit, but would be "more so for interpretative reasons," and not "for any political purpose or statement."

Trustee Mindy Berard pointed out calculating the tax cap itself involves several steps, calling the process "ridiculous."

"That equation is over two pages and in order to figure out adding in the exclusions associated with growth is really a whole other ordeal," she said. "That was an unbelievable feat to get to this number in order to do this whole budget."

"There are always extraneous things occurring," Dwyer said, citing mandated pension and health care costs and tax certiorari as items that add to the village's expenditures.

Trustee Jonathan Cunningham also said it's also challenging for the village to plan a budget with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and Police Benevolent Association contracts still unresolved for the coming year.

"We are in negotiations," Dwyer said. "As the board knows, the PBA is working on an expired contract. the CSEA is about to expire on the 31st of May."

Dwyer said the board must vote to override the cap prior to adopting the budget and must take a new vote every fiscal year.

The general fund budget proposal for 2012-13 outlines $13,286,379 in expenditures, with $9,444,930 to be collected in taxes.

"What needs to be understood is the noose gets tighter every year," commented Mayor Peter Scherer.

The budget must be adopted by the village board by May 1.

Joey April 19, 2012 at 02:07 PM
fire all employees and then offer them there job back without a pension and put in place a 401k plan.
john apicelli April 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Pleasantville has been piling the school taxes on the backs of it's residents long enough ...it's time to start scaling back like the rest of the country...they ought to cut taxes ....the lack of "increases" salaries is disguised & reconstituted as lump sum payments to the employees concerned....the only positive effect that affords the residents is that the payroll taxes ....& associated payroll costs will not increase...we'll still be paying just another way....it's a smoke & mirror type of pass through......The noose gets tighter everywhere ....we hear you Mr. Mayor but we(speaking for myself) think the school board has more work to do ...I say No!!!
bub39b April 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Hve the pleasantville police department merge with mt pleasant. The mayor states the deal just "fell through". Why? and how much savings was there to be made.

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