Town Board exceeds tax cap, passes 2013 budget with 4.7% tax levy increase

The Town Board took an early vote on the 2013 budget at its meeting on Monday night and voted 4-1 to exceed the state tax cap and pass a budget with a 4.7% tax levy increase. Democrat Dan Welsh voted against it.

The vote followed much debate about whether or not the budget should exceed the cap, a move that seemed inevitable after Town Supervisor Peter Parsons initially proposed a budget with a 17% tax levy increase.

The board members decided not to budget for road repaving, which is instead expected to be taken care of via bonding.

Read more about the budget and the town’s debt in this week’s Ledger.

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  • Brutus

    While taxpayer should be grateful that the three Republicans on the board were able to reduce the tax increase down from the initial 19% proposed by the supervisor, to 6.4% (and a levy increase underr 5%), this sill reprsents a substantially larger increase than our neighboring towns. And, if the highway work is added back in through a bond In the spring, the increase will be even higher.

    Lewisboro’s past two Democratic supervisors have managed to increase taxes by 40% over a three-year period. Two full time “patronage” jobs were added this year, which were not in the previous budget, yet Mr. Welsh voted against the budget because he wanted more!

    Imagine if Mr. Pappalardo and not squeak through to his victory, and Mssrs. Parsons and Welch had a majority on the board!

  • Dan

    What’s the point in even bothering to bond out a road improvement program at this point? Let’s have our one remaining highway department worker take a front end loader to each road (until it breaks down and there is no money for repair) dig up what’s left of the pavement and revert back to all dirt roads. Perhaps some Republicans will then come in part time and smooth out the bumps. Or imagine what could have been maintained for a hundred bucks or so per household.

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