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Resolution seeks to pierce tax cap in Brightwaters
The Brightwaters board of trustees on Monday introduced legislation that would allow the village to pierce the state-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap.
Board members said the pending resolution is a precautionary measure as the village prepares its 2013-14 budget that takes effect June 1. State law requires municipalities to pass a separate measure in case they need to exceed the tax cap.
Mayor Joseph A. McNulty cautioned that the board could raise taxes, as the village is dealing with increasing economic pressure as it awaits federal reimbursements for money spent on cleanup from superstorm Sandy. The board is also concerned about increasing state pension costs.
The budget, McNulty said, is “still in process.” He added, “With what the state is doing, we have to think about” raising taxes.
The village paid the state $115,083 for pension costs in December, up from $102,000 the year before. Three years ago the annual payment was about $39,000, and in 1997 it was about $10,000, village officials said.
The village passed a similar resolution last year but did not raise taxes. In fact, according to McNulty, the village has not raised taxes for the last 13 years.
McNulty said he would “absolutely” like to go 14 years and not raise taxes, but he added, “You can’t say that in this climate.”
Trustee John J. Riordan said he has made no decision about raising taxes.
A public hearing on the proposal is set for March 4.