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Larchmont Village Officials Sworn In, Talk Budget

The original version of this story incorrectly stated the tax rate increased by 5.54 percent. The actual increase is 1.8233 percent, whereas the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation increased by $5.54 from last year.

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Mayor-elect Anne McAndrews and Trustee-elects Marlene Kolbert and Peter Fanelli were all sworn in to their respective seats on the Larchmont Board of Trustees Monday.

All three democratic board members ran unopposed in the March 20 election, which produced 101 votes for McAndrews, 100 for Kolbert and 102 for Fanelli.

As her first act as mayor, McAndrews appointed Trustee John Komar as deputy mayor and Village Clerk Eileen Finn as licensing officer. Komar and Trustee Lorraine Walsh were also appointed as alternates to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Joint Sanitation Commission.

While the board didn't make any appointments to the village's boards and commissions, it did adopt a resolution that changes the time for all future board of trustee meetings from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. That resolution also set the village's upcoming monthly meetings to take place April 16, May 14, June 11 and July 9.

The board also opened the first public hearing on the $15,936,452 preliminary 2012-2013 budget, which raises the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation by 1.8233 percent, or $309.47. Therefore, a homeowner with an average assessed valuation of $17,100, would pay $5,291.94 in property taxes, according to the preliminary budget presented to the public Monday.

This represents 22.49 percent of the total taxes a homeowner pays, which also include school taxes — $13,070.24 — county taxes —$4,766.28 — and town taxes — $396.50, for a total of $23,524.95, according to the same document.

Adjusting for tax certioraris and Small Claims Assessment Reviews, the assessed valuation dropped $370,259, or 0.94 percent, from $39,396,553 to $39,026,294.

The next budget hearing will be held Aril 16 at Larchmont Village Hall.

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