The Village of Saddle Rock has adopted a $1.1-million budget that increases the tax levy by 3.1 percent for its fiscal year beginning March 1.
The village passed a local law Jan. 4 that allowed it to override the state's new 2 percent cap on property tax levies.
The mayor, Dan Levy, said the tax levy will go up by about $27,000 from the current year. “My 2 percent is $17,000,” he said. “The increase in my garbage collection [alone] is $14,000.”
Levy said that with costs continuing to rise, “just for basic things to maintain life, I needed to increase” spending. “That’s why we voted to override the 2 percent cap. It was out of necessity.”
The budget includes $100,000 to repave roads.
“We have three major roads that are in really bad disrepair and I can’t patch them,” Levy said.
Also, he said the administration set aside $30,000 to pay for settlements from challenges to property tax assessments.
Levy said the village was able to save money after he came into office by “renegotiating certain agreements.” He was appointed by the trustees in July after the death of J. Leonard Samansky, who was mayor for 22 years.
Levy said residents seemed to understand the constraints binding the village. “We’re not kings, we’re not monarchs,” he said. “We don’t ask for money that we don’t use.”