Pub­lic hear­ing on 2017 bud­get to be held Nov. 3

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

The Town Board has sched­uled a Nov. 3 pub­lic hear­ing on the town’s pro­posed $11.3 mil­lion bud­get for 2017.

The bud­get would in­crease spend­ing by 0.57 per­cent over the 2016 level and the prop­erty tax levy by 0.93 per­cent.

Town Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said the plan to hold the hear­ing later this month was changed so the board could have more time to go through the spend­ing plan.

“They just felt like they wanted to re­view it a lit­tle more,” he said Thurs­day. “There are a lot of things in this bud­get to pre­pare us for next year.”

The bud­get in­cludes money for pos­si­ble tax re­funds re­sult­ing from law­suits chal­leng­ing prop­erty tax as­sess­ments.

“I’ve got a $300,000 judge­ment claims line item in the ex­pense sec­tion of the gen­eral fund,” Quigley said. “It’s a pro­vi­sion for when we make a re­fund.”

There also is an ad­di­tional $50,000 in the bud­get for the asses­sor to use for new tax as­sess­ment chal­lenges.

The largest as­sess­ment chal­lenge is com­ing from owner of Hud­son Val­ley Mall.

“We’re prob­a­bly go­ing to end up in court some­time next year,” Quigley said. “They are [as­sessed at] $66 mil­lion, and the cur­rent law­suit says they want it at $8.6 [mil­lion].”

Quigley noted, though, that as­sess­ments have been ris­ing for other prop­er­ties in the town and that there are two new ho­tels that will add to the tax base.

Dur­ing the past year, the TechCity busi­ness park won as­sess­ment re­duc­tions for 22 of its parcels. The com­bined drop was about 36.3 per­cent.

The town bud­get calls for the town judges, high­way su­per­in­ten­dent and clerk to each get pay raises of about 2 per­cent. The su­per­vi­sor and the Town Board mem­bers would have their salaries re­main at cur­rent lev­els.

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