Orangetown residents could be hit with a 9.2 percent tax hike and deep cuts to town services, according to Town Supervisor Andy Stewart’s proposed budget.
In a Journal News story today, reporter Alex Taylor digs into Stewart’s $66 million proposed budget for 2013, which, if unchanged, would raise fees, shrink the Police Department, close Broadacres Gold Club and cut back on services, including leaf pickup and road repaving.
There is very little fat on the town budget,” Stewart said during a meeting a Town Board meeting Monday. “Serious savings can’t be achieved without cutting services and staff.
Without such cuts, Stewart said taxes would rise by 15.2 percent to cover escalating costs, including a $600,000 increase in health insurance costs, a $700,000 increase in pension costs for town employees and a $213,000 salary increase as part of the new five-year PBA contract, among others.
A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7, while the deadline to pass the budget is Nov. 20.
To read Taylor’s full report, click here.
Photo: Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart (Melissa Elian / The Journal News)