TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Officials in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are preparing to adopt next year's village budgets this week at two public meetings.
Sleepy Hollow will hold a meeting to adopt its 2013-14 budget on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow Village Hall. Tarrytown will hold a public hearing and meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to adopt its 2013-14 budget.
Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray has proposed a $19.8 million budget that would raise the tax rate by 8.5 percent for homestead properties and 8.7 percent for non-homestead properties. The Sleepy Hollow Finance Committee has proposed almost $500,000 in cuts to reduce the tax rate to 3.64 percent for homestead properties.
The recommendations include cutting thousands of dollars from departments throughout the village, including Recreation, Public Works and community programs. The committee also recommends getting rid of trustee and mayoral stipends totaling $39,900.
Recommended personnel cuts include moving the registrar's office into the clerk's office, eliminating a recreation assistant position, removing overtime for recreation officials, eliminating one DPW position and freezing salaries for non-union staff.
Sleepy Hollow officials and residents have been debating potential cuts to the budget for the past weeks. The Board of Trustees also unanimously voted to override the property tax cap.
Tarrytown is proposing a $22 million budget that would raise the tax rate by 4.23 percent. The proposed budget includes no staff cuts, with the average homeowner seeing a $220.27 increase.
The single largest component of the tax rate increase is due to recouping decreased village tax assessments, down 14.6 percent since 2003 and down 2.52 percent in the tentative budget, Village Administrator Blau said.
Tarrytown officials also plan to vote on authorizing an override of the property tax cap although the proposed budget falls under the limit.