The Village of Babylon's 2011-12 proposed budget would increase property taxes by 3.73 percent, largely to meet rising employee benefit costs.
A public hearing on the $8.1-million budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday
“We are weathering the storm,” said Mayor Ralph Scordino. But, he said, benefit obligations and unanticipated expenses, such as storm cleanup, are making it “very difficult to develop a budget and keep services.”
Categories with increases include the anticipated cost of workers’ compensation, up by $90,000 to $375,000, and medical insurance, up by $75,000 to $900,000. Overall salary and wages for village employees would also edge up.