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Old Brookville votes to allow topping tax cap

Old Brookville trustees have passed a measure permitting the village to override the state-mandated tax cap, though Mayor Bernard Ryba called the measure a “safety net” and said the village likely will not hike property taxes above the 2-percent annual limit.

Trustees approved the plan in a unanimous 5-0 vote Monday -- a step they said was taken to avoid potential penalties associated with the new mandate.

The “complexities of that legislation are not fully understood, even by the government agencies charged with its interpretation and enforcement,” the Old Brookville law reads.

Old Brookville resident Herbert Slater during a public hearing asked Ryba about the village budget now in the works.

“I anticipate that there will be an increase” in taxes, Ryba said. “It’s my expectation that it will not exceed the tax cap.”

The village’s fiscal year begins June 1.

Old Brookville is one of at least two villages served by Old Brookville police that has passed such a local law. The village of Brookville adopted one last week.

All six municipal members served by the force — which also covers Upper Brookville, Mill Neck, Matinecock and Cove Neck — were expected to give themselves the authority to exceed the tax cap, both Ryba and Brookville Mayor Caroline Bazzini have said.

 

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