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Trustee: Scarsdale Board Should Vote For Override

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale Board of Trustees member Robert Steves gave Scarsdale residents a preview of the board's thoughts on Tuesday night when he said the board needs to consider voting to override the state's new 2 percent tax levy cap.

Steves made his comments at the board's regular bimonthly meeting. He pointed out that the law allows the municipality's governing body, in this case the trustees, to vote to override the cap.

The board voted to schedule a public hearing for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, to review a local law giving the trustees authority to approve and override.

"It is prudent for the village board to consider adopting this override law early in the budget process to allow for the required 30-day public notice, review and hearing period prior to the statutory May 1, 2012, budget adoption deadline," Steves said in a prepared statement later distributed to media. "Adopting the local law to override the tax cap does not preclude the Village Board from adopting a budget within the 2 percent tax cap; it simply allows for the option."

Steves said the board would continue through the budget process "with the spirit of this legislation in mind while at the same time maintaining the quality of services expected in Scarsdale." He added that adopting the override also protects Scarsdale in the event that the adopted budget contains a calculation error resulting in the village inadvertently exceeding the tax cap. Under the state statute, Steves said, an accidental overrun could result in the village being required to reserve funds to offset the tax increase in the subsequent fiscal year.

Also Tuesday night, Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser reminded residents that the all-night parking restriction is in effect on public roads and some off-street parking lots and will remain in effect until March 31 to accommodate snow and ice removal operations. Overnight parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. is not permitted on village streets, Freightway Parking Garage roof level, Merchants Lot and the Scarsdale Avenue Lot, she said.

The mayor also urged residents to sign up for the village's

emergency notification system, now in its second year.

"Since its adoption, village board and village administration have used the emergency notification system to alert residents of hazardous conditions, local response to said conditions as well as extended utility outages," Flisser said in her prepared remarks.

Residents can sign up for the system by clicking here .

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