Town plans to over­ride state’s tax levy cap

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

ROSENDALE >> The Town Board ex­pects to over­ride the state’s tax levy limit for Rosendale and has set a Nov. 2 pub­lic hear­ing to take com­ments from res­i­dents.

The hear­ing is sched­uled for 7 p.m. in the Rosendale Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter, 1915 Lu­cas Ave., Cot­tekill.

“We’re over­rid­ing the tax cap,” Su­per­vi­sor Jeanne Walsh said. “We have a very low fund bal­ance ... to keep the bud­get un­der the [0.68 per­cent] cap re­quire­ments. ... I don’t feel it would be safe. I feel it would be risky to take any more fund bal­ance.”

The state has set a 0.68 per­cent cap on how much towns and coun­ties can in­crease their prop­erty tax levies from 2016 to 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 cap for towns and coun­ties a year ago 0.73 per­cent.

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 2 per­cent, which­ever is lower, but ex­cludes ex­penses such as pen­sion costs. A town boards, vil­lage board of county leg­is­la­tures may vote to ex­ceed the tax cap with a 60 per­cent vote of its mem­bers.

The 2017 Rosendale bud­get calls for $3.95 mil­lion in spend­ing, a 3.5 per­cent in­crease over 2016, and a $2.8 mil­lion prop­erty tax levy, which would be up a 3.9 per­cent.

In­cluded in the town bud­get are:

• $743,309 for em­ployee ben­e­fits, down 2.4 per­cent from 2016.

• $421,767 for po­lice, up 0.4 per­cent.

• $159,700 in town pool ex­penses, up 47.6 per­cent.

• $121,647 for snow re­moval, down 2.7 per­cent.

• $82,000 for play­ground and recre­ation, down 28.4 per­cent.

• $60,698 in debt pay­ments, up 39.2 per­cent.

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