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Pelham Board Updates Public on Property Tax Cap

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Village of Pelham can approve a budget higher than the 2 percent tax cap mandated by the state but at least five of seven members must approve it, Mayor Ed Hotchkiss said Tuesday night.

The board would have to create a local law and would have to propose it at a public hearing in order to do so. The board would pass the law in case it would need a higher budget, but Hotchkiss said that prospect is not in the immediate future.

"I don't think we want to get into what we're going to do next year until we're closer to that time," Hotchkiss said. Also at the meeting, resident Ralph Palma of 15 Fourth Ave. received approval from the board for a site plan to build a two car garage at his home. Palma has been planning to build the garage for a year and has been in the approval process since July. The former supervisor of construction for the MTA said he will hire the crew and supervise the project. He is now retired after 25 years, but his degree in civil engineering will help him with the construction of the garage. "I could do this job," Palma said. Finally, the board of trustees approved a resolution that requires appointed officials to report their standard eight hour days to the New York State and Local Retirement System. Robert Yamuder, village administrator, Terri Rouke, village clerk, Deborah DelGrosso, deputy treasurer, Sandra Shriman, deputy village clerk and Peter Bonington, secretary to the village administrator are the five employees affected by the resolution. Yamuder said the officials report the standard eight hour days to the state for the purpose of documentation. "They just want to make sure we're counting," Yamuder said. "They want to make sure we're not overbilling the retirement system."

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