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Sleepy Hollow Budget Raises Taxes By 1.499 Percent

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow trustees unanimously approved a $15.15 million budget Tuesday that would raise the property tax rate by 1.499 percent for homeowners and 7.563 percent on commercial properties.

The tax rate comes out to $31.81 per 1,000 assessed dollars for the average single-family home and 64.11 per 1,000 assessed dollars for commercial properties.

The adopted 2012-2013 budget is .295 percent above the state's property tax cap. Trustees had earlier voted to override the tax cap , which limits the tax levy a municipality can raise to two percent. Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray said he thought the board did the right thing by overriding the tax cap even as the budget went less than one percent above the limit.

“That's 3/10 of a percent higher than what the tax cap would have allowed if we knew what all of the rules were for the tax cap,” he said, adding “We don't know what it's going to look like when they finish drafting and approving the rest of the rules on this. So we did come ever so slightly above it. I think we did the right thing in overriding the tax cap. Not just because of this slight increase, but because the fact that we don't know what the rules will be down the road.”

The adopted budget is up from the 2011-12 budget that totaled $13.589 million. Included within the budget is a 10 percent increase in water rates. Trustee Barbara Carr noted that New York City is raising its water rates this summer between seven and 15 percent. Sleepy Hollow buys its water from the city.

Wray noted that the village is usually not aware of a water-rate increase by New York City until after the fact, meaning the village pays for the difference. Now the village will be able to charge “based on actual usage rates,” he said.

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