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Scarsdale Trustee Urges Attendance at Budget Talk

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale Capital Budget and Plan for 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 will get a public airing Thursday night, March 1 in a presentation by Justin Datino of the village manager’s office, along with Deputy Village Manager Steve Pappalardo.

Village board of trustees members are also expected to be on hand for the public information session. There will be a question-and-answer period.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at village hall.

“The focus will be on 2012-2013, which is the budget portion,” said Village Manager Alfred Gatta. “The village board has restored some of the cuts that I made at the first submission and Justin will note it.”

“This is very important,” Trustee Robert Steves said after Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting. “We’ve added money to the budget for infrastructure items. The original budget the village manager submitted came in under the cap and didn’t have any money in it for these things.”

The finance committee recently added money to the budget for major repairs to the sanitary sewer system and drainage road resurfacing is also being made a priority, Steves said.  He added that the board will likely authorize expected surplus funds from this year’s budget to be transferred to the 2012-2013 road maintenance account.

Tuesday night, the board of trustees approved a local law allowing the village to exceed the state’s 2 percent tax levy cap. The move drew no opposition at the public hearing that preceded the vote.

The 2012-2013 budget figures released last week placed the increase to the average Scarsdale homeowner at around $250 for the year. The budget is still in flux, however, and the figures will likely change before the document is formally presented by Gatta to the board March 20.

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