Supervisor's E-Newsletter, November 2016
Happy holiday season to all. I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. During November, the Town Board actively reviewed the 2017 Tentative Budget in meetings that were open to the public. The Preliminary Budget, which is a product of the Tentative Budget, presents a 1.8% increase in the day-to-day contractual expenses for the Town. However, the total tax increase is 4.8% primarily due to debt payments for recent borrowing for infrastructure improvements and State-mandated increases for employee benefits. The sewer pipes, roads, Town buildings, and drinking water infrastructure are old and need repair and improvements. We intend to maintain the high level of services provided to residents. The 4.8% tax rate increase translates into a $305 tax increase for the average homeowner in the unincorporated section of the Town of Mamaroneck. This corresponds with a 2% decrease in Town taxes for residents of the Villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck, which equates to a $12 decrease. The increase this year for the unincorporated residents versus the decrease for Village residents is due to the fact that the majority of the infrastructure lies within the Unincorporated area. Also, the largest portion of our employee benefits expense is in the unincorporated budget. The final adoption of the 2017 Preliminary Town Budget will be later in December. The budget and a detailed explanation are available for review on our website at www.townofmamaroneckny.org.