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Scarsdale Taxpayers Have Chance to Question Budget

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale residents will have two chances to comment on the proposed 2012-13 village budget this week.

The first is at 9 a.m. Monday at village hall when Village Manager Alfred A. Gatta and Treasurer Mary Lou McClure present the budget to the Scarsdale League of Women Voters. The second is during public comment time at the regular village board of trustees meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, also at village hall.

Both meetings are open to the public. The audience will have a chance to ask questions at the LWV session.

The budget proposal calls for expenditures and transfers of $48,899,129, up 4.14 percent from the current year and slightly above the new state tax levy cap. According to the introduction to the budget document, if the board of trustees adopts the tentative budget as filed, a homeowner in Scarsdale with an average assessed value of $23,800 will see an approximate tax increase of $299.64 in 2012-13 for village government services.

Tuesday night, the board of trustees is expected to schedule a public hearing on the budget for the regular board of trustees meeting at 8 p.m. on April 10.

New York State Village Law requires the budget to be adopted by May 1.

Also on the trustees' agenda Tuesday is a resolution calling for a transfer of funds from the un-appropriated capital fund balance of the current budget to replace the storm-damaged awning, restore the patio and remove an oil storage tank at the Crossway fire station. The cost is expected to be $115,000, according to the village five-year capital budget plan.

The Crossway station is the site of the annual Scarsdale Uniformed Firefighters Association Ronald McDonald House Day, scheduled for July 19. A resolution to allow the event is also on Tuesday's agenda.

Tuesday's meeting will be the last for two-term Trustee Richard Toder. Trustee-elect David Lee will be sworn into office at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 2. Trustees are limited two serving two terms.

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