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Brookville OKs authority to override tax cap

Officials have passed a local law granting them the authority to override a state-mandated tax cap, though Mayor Caroline Bazzini said she does not expect to exceed the 2 percent property tax levy limit.

“We have no intention of using it at this point in time, but it is there as a safety net,” Bazzini said Tuesday night after the board of trustees, with two members absent, voted 3-0 to adopt the law.

Brookville is one of six villages expected to enter a five-year police protection contract that begins in June with the Old Brookville police department, Brookville officials said.

Flexibility with the budget -- Brookville’s fiscal year also begins in June -- would help the village address funding issues that might arise with the police deal, officials said.

“The other villages in the six-village police arena are also doing this,” Bazzini said of considering a law to override the tax cap, if necessary. The other villages served by Old Brookville police are Old Brookville, Upper Brookville, Mill Neck, Cove Neck and Matinecock.

Brookville village attorney John Chase on Tuesday added that widespread unfamiliarity with the new state mandate also warrants passage of the law.“Just as a safety net precaution, because of that complexity and uncertainty, I’m recommending that we adopt this local law,” he said before the vote, just in case of “mistake, error, misinterpretation, for example with the police department numbers.”

No residents spoke at a public hearing on the law that preceded the vote.

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