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Pelham Public Budget Hearing Set for Tuesday Night

PELHAM, N.Y. – A public hearing on the tentative 2012-13 Pelham fiscal budget will take place Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Ed Hotchkiss, Village Administrator Robert Yamuder and the board of trustees tried throughout the budget process to get under the 2.3 percent tax cap , but were unable to do so . It is now a foregone conclusion that they will be approving a resolution to override the tax cap at the meeting.

Currently, the proposed tax levy for the more than $13 million budget for 2012-13 is $10,119,487, which is an increase of $446,491 or 4.6 percent from the current property tax levy. The mayor and board said that the tax levy is higher because of pensions, insurances and contracts.

The total proposed Pelham budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year shows a 3.035 percent increase from the 2011-12 adopted spending plan that totals $12,855,122.

The mayor and board felt that they could not pass on at least one mobile surveillance camera for the safety of Pelham residents in addition to what they believe is necessary roadwork.

The board decided on a $500,000 bond anticipation note to cover both programs. The five-year bond also covers required fire department equipment and a multi-use sidewalk tractor to replace the village’s current 1972 model. The bond will be paid off in $100,000 increments over the next five fiscal budgets.

Yamuder, who put together the tentative 2012-13 budget, said that the board had to make difficult choices.

“We don’t want to overtax people because it’s rough. We don’t want under tax – it can hurt the village and services,” Yamuder said. “So, we’ve got to figure out what’s more important – the roads that have been neglected, the PD camera’s important, everything’s important, but they have to make tough decisions.”

The tentative budget was posted Thursday on the village website and the board plans on adopting the budget on April 24, which would give it time to adopt it on or before May 1.

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