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Pleasantville Confident For Tax Friendly Budget

Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said he is confident that the village will be able to present a budget within the state mandated tax cap.
Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said he is confident that the village will be able to present a budget within the state mandated tax cap. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Although overriding the state-mandated property tax cap could be a possibility, Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said he doesn't see it as an option for the village.

"The hard decisions that we need to make will keep us within the tax cap," Scherer said. "And that is our goal."

At last week's Pleasantville Village Board of Trustees meeting, it was announced that the village plans to unveil its proposed budget at a meeting on April 8. During that same meeting, a public hearing is set to discuss the possibility of overriding the 2 percent tax levy cap. Scherer said that the hearing was set simply to fulfill a state-law that requires local municipalities to hold a hearing in order to override the cap, just in case.

"We discussed whether or not we should even hold a public hearing, but the reality is that the 2 percent tax cap presents a number of obstacles to all of us," Scherer said. "Especially with how it regards to capital projects involved to maintain the infrastructure for the future."

The trustees voted on a resolution to set the public hearing, which passed three votes to one. Trustee Colleen Griffin Wagner voted against the resolution. She did not discuss the reasoning behind the vote.

Trustee Mindy Berard said that the public hearing will allow residents to voice their concerns or ask questions related to the upcoming year's budget.

"It gives enough time to plan or comment if you're interested in what's going on with the budget," Berard said.

Scherer said exceeding the cap shouldn't worry residents.

"If I were a betting man I'd say we do not exceed the property tax cap," Scherer said.

The proposed budget and public hearing will be held at a meeting on Monday, April 8 at 8 p.m.

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