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Old Brookville proposes $3.69M budget, under tax cap

Old Brookville Village officials have proposed a $3.69 million budget for 2012-13 that does not exceed the state’s property tax cap, despite passing a law that permits them to override the levy limit and despite a slight jump in police protection costs.

They are expected to adopt the budget next week.

The proposed spending plan for the fiscal year beginning June 1 is a 0.22 percent increase over the current year.

It includes a property tax levy of $2.92 million, up 3.98 percent from this fiscal year.

The levy is just below the $2.98 million amount Albany calculated as the limit for Old Brookville, Mayor Bernard Ryba said at Monday’s board of trustees meeting.

Albany caps the “levy growth factor” at 2 percent, but Ryba explained that other factors in the complex calculation — such as tax base growth and building activity in the village — put Old Brookville’s limit at 5.82 percent.

The village in February had adopted a local law to exceed the cap — what Ryba on Monday called a safety net.

The proposed spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year also includes a 150 percent increase in funding for road enhancement to $50,000, a 25 percent increase in the village attorney’s retention fee to $60,000 and a 17 percent decrease for his services outside the terms of his retention to $50,000, and a 55 percent decrease in spending for the zoning and planning boards to $2,500.

The board of trustees is expected to approve the budget at a meeting next Monday evening, when it is additionally scheduled to discuss the spending plan for the Old Brookville Police Department, which covers six villages.

The proposed 2012-13 budget for the police force is $9.59 million.

Old Brookville’s projected share of the costs is $2.1 million. The village currently pays $2.07 million.

The six villages’ shares of Old Brookville police costs are dependent on property assessment values.

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