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Pleasantville Presents Budget Within Cap, Small Tax Increase

Village Administrator Patti Dwyer and the Pleasantville Board of Trustees released their proposed budget for the upcoming year that stays within the state-mandated tax cap.
Village Administrator Patti Dwyer and the Pleasantville Board of Trustees released their proposed budget for the upcoming year that stays within the state-mandated tax cap. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The proposed budget for the upcoming year in the village of Pleasantville would stay within the state-mandated tax cap but cause a small increase in taxes to the average homeowner, according to the plan released Wednesday.

The $13.4 million budget would have a tax levy increase of 2.14 percent, which stays within the 2 percent cap once exclusions for growth and pension costs are factored in. The tax rate for the average single-family home in the village is set to increase by 2 percent, or about $8 to $416.37 annually.

A public hearing on the budget will be held, and changes to the budget are still possible, Village Administrator Patti Dwyer said in a statement.

"There were several scheduled work sessions preceding the public hearing, at which time modifications were suggested and/or made," Dwyer said. "There is ample time after the public hearing to schedule additional work sessions to consider public comment and update projections."

At last week's Board of Trustees meeting, a resolution was passed to hold a public hearing on overriding the tax cap. The hearing was set as a precaution, and overriding the cap would not be an option, Mayor Peter Scherer said.

The village made staff cuts in the parking enforcement and safety inspection departments. In parking enforcement, the village reduced expenditures for full-time employees by about $47,000. In safety inspection, it cut expenditures for full-time employees by $18,240.

The budget reflects the goals of the residents and the village board to create a fiscally sound budget, Dwyer said. "I believe this budget responds to your stated objectives and reflects our collective desire for efficiency."

The village plans to hold the public hearing for the budget at the Board of Trustees regular meeting April 8. The budget must be adopted by the board no later than May 1.

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