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Scarsdale Trustees OK Revaluation Funding

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The village property revaluation project – Scarsdale’s first in 50 years – moved closer to reality Tuesday night when the village board of trustees passed a pair of resolutions authorizing the assessment project, purchase of equipment and a professional agreement with Tyler Technologies, the firm chosen to handle the revaluation.

The resolutions authorize Village Manager Alfred A. Gatta to sign agreements for $1 million for the project, which is included in the budget proposal Gatta plans to submit to the village clerk’s office Friday. The revaluation will be carried out over the next two years and funded through borrowing, with money to be paid back within five years.

The revaluation, according to Gatta, will redistribute the village property tax burden to more accurately reflect current property values. Gatta has said that a third of property owners will likely see their taxes drop, a third will see an increase and a third will stay the same. He said that currently, some owners are paying more than they should and others are paying less.

Also approved at Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting was a bond authorization to pay for improvements to the Reeves Newsome Pumping Station, the village’s primary water pumping station. The project was included in the 2011-12 budget and is to cost just over $7 million for design and construction.

Other resolutions passed by the board include:

- An agreement for use of the village right of way at 39 Olmstead Road

- An agreement modifying covenants and restrictions in the Boulder Brook deed

- A contract to purchase water meters

- Contract renewals for village hall and library air conditioning service and maintenance and electrical contracting services

- Renewal of and a change to a grounds and maintenance contract for parks and recreation

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