Town sets hear­ing on over­rid­ing tax cap

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kemble news@free­manon­line.com

Eso­pus Town Board mem­bers have set an Oct. 26 pub­lic hear­ing on over­rid­ing the state prop­erty tax levy limit.

Eso­pus Town Board mem­bers have set an Oct. 26 pub­lic hear­ing on over­rid­ing the state prop­erty tax levy limit.

The ses­sion is sched­uled for 7 p.m. in Town Hall at 284 Broad­way.

“The town is un­der ju­ris­dic­tion of the state ... and for the last four years we have been un­der (the) cap,” Su­per­vi­sor Diane McCord said. “Our bills have still gone up and we had to fi­na­gle the bud­get and ... this year one bill alone, which would be our health in­sur­ance, has in­creased by $12,000. That puts us over the cap.”

State of­fi­cials have set the tax cap at 0.68 per­cent for towns in 2017, though each mu­nic­i­pal­ity will have a dif­fer­ent rate based on growth fac­tors and the amount a bud­get stayed un­der the levy limit in 2016. The base prop­erty tax levy limit was at 0.73 per­cent a year ago.

The cap was adopted by state law­mak­ers in 2011 to limit the an­nual growth of lo­cal prop­erty tax levies to the rate of in­fla­tion or two per­cent, which­ever is lower, but ex­cludes ex­penses such

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