All of Rockland’s towns and three of its villages have adopted 2014 budgets, The Journal News/lohud.com reports. Orangetown, Stony Point, Sloatsburg and Montebello met the state’s cap on the property-tax levy. Ramapo, Clarkstown, Haverstraw town and Airmont did not, according to the report.
Ramapo originally was going to break the 1.66 percent cap and increase taxes 25 percent, but local officials said they reduced the hike to less than 4.5 percent after a vote last Wednesday. They reduced seasonal salaries by $300,000 and reduced overtime and consulting expenses, he said.
“The final budget differs greatly from the originally proposed budget in many ways, including — most importantly — a much lower tax increase, the addition of budget cuts, several plans to increase revenues without increasing taxes, more realistic revenue expectations, and more,” Town Board member Daniel Friedman said in a statement.
In Orangetown, the Republican-controlled town board made last-minute changes to the 2014 spending plan before adopting it Tuesday. To meet the 1.66 percent cap, Democratic Supervisor Andy Stewart planned to use $3.5 million from the town’s reserve.
The adopted budget of $67.4 million reduced the use of reserve by $800,000 to $2.7 million. Both police and non-police pension payments were fully reflected without amortization. To absorb the difference, the money for road resurfacing was reduced by $320,000, and the $200,000 fund to purchase new police cars was eliminated. The allocation for the town’s three libraries was cut by 10 percent, or $170,000.
The budget is $120,000 below the cap, Finance Director Jeffrey Bencik said. Under the adopted budget, taxes for homeowners in unincorporated areas of Orangetown will go up by 3.2 percent.
— Stony Point adopted its $20.57 million budget for 2014 on Nov. 12. The plan is at the 1.66 percent cap. Taxes for homeowners will decrease by 3.12 percent.
— Sloatsburg’s tax rate for 2014 is 3.94 percent less than this year under the adopted budget. The tax levy for 2014 will be $1.70 million, down from the 2013 levy of $1.74 million.
— Montebello will also collect less in taxes in 2014. The tax levy in 2013 was $1.23 million, but the amount will be lowered to $1.17 million. Because the village’s total assessment was reduced, however, the tax rate per $1,000 under the 2014 budget will remain the same with the 2013 rate of $9.3.
— Airmont residents will have to pay 4.05 percent more in taxes under the 2014 budget. The $3.06 million spending plan for 2014 will require $2.1 million in tax levy, which is 4.1 percent more than this year. The village board adopted a resolution to break the cap.
— Earlier this month, Haverstraw town and Clarkstown have adopted their 2014 budgets, both breaking the cap.