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Pelham Residents Disapprove of Possible Tax Cap Override

PELHAM, N.Y. – Several Pelham residents do not feel that the village’s board of trustees should pass a resolution to override the 2 percent property tax cap if necessary.

“They better not,” said Nancy Moynihan. “They’re so used to getting their way and upping the taxes every year. It’s gotta stop. Everybody else is on austerity, let them do it too.”

Moynihan was adamantly against the board having the option to raise the property tax cap if need be.

“I intend to stay in Pelham,” said the 30-plus years resident. “Fortunately, I still work. If it keeps going the way it’s going – I’m in a townhouse and my taxes are about $13,000 a year."

One resident took to The Daily Pelham Facebook Page when fans of the page were asked, “How do you feel about the village board of trustees having the option to override the tax cap if necessary? Are you for or against the local law that would allow them to do that?”

“I am definitely against it,” said Michelle Parella Boyle. “Every year, Pelham’s taxes are getting higher and higher. There has to be some limit. Little by little, the board of trustees is cutting our services and ruining the way of life that so many enjoy in Pelham.”

At the board of trustees Feb. 22 meeting , Mayor Ed Hotchkiss and Trustee Geoff Lewis remained resolute that the law would not necessarily mean the board would surpass tax levy increases of 2 percent.

“The intention of this law, if adopted, is that it gives the flexibility to go past that cap,” Hotchkiss said at the time. “It doesn’t mean that we have to use it, but it just means the flexibility.”

Lewis said that it was an important matter now because “in the event that we have to exceed the cap, you have to have this resolution in place ahead of time.”

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