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Mamaroneck Proposes a 4.17% Tax Hike

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — The average homeowner's property taxes would go up 4.17 percent under a proposed spending plan from the Village of Mamaroneck's Board of Trustees.

Based on the tentative budget filed with the village clerk's office, the total taxes to be collected, or the tax levy, would be $22,731,841. This would result in a tax rate of $308.56 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Homeowners with an average assessed valuation of $15,000 would pay $4,628.40 in taxes, an increase of $187 over last year.

The village's operating costs have increased $375,000, or 1.3 percent, which includes a projected 25 percent hike in fuel costs this summer.

The budget also falls just $247 under the allowable tax levy increase from last year. The board has yet to meet with its department heads and expects to lower that figure.

"We're already under the cap, and hopefully during the budget process we can get even further," Rosenblum said. "The ultimate goal always is 0 percent or less."

Despite that, the board voted 3-1 — with trustee Sid Albert absent — in favor of adopting a local law to give the village the authority to override the 2 percent tax cap. The tentative budget, Village Manager Richard Slingerland said, is "2 percent tax cap compliant." But the board wanted to be able to override the cap, just in case.

"The purpose of this board was to simply give the opportunity, if it ever came up, where we have the leverage and the ability to address unforeseen circumstances," Rosenblum said.

Trustee John Hofstetter was the lone dissenting voice, arguing that if the tentative budget already fell under the tax cap, the board shouldn't vote to override the state law.

"I don't see why we would need to do this," Hofstetter said. "We've expressed the desire for the village to stay within that 2 percent, and I think that's perfectly reasonable."

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