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North Castle Budget Discussion Scheduled for Tuesday

NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. – The North Castle Budget Committee will meet for the third time Tuesday to discuss the proposed 2012 budget, which calls for $29,011,754 in town spending, a 1.89 increase from the town’s 2011 budget.

Last week, a budget meeting was led by Supervisor William Weaver and Comptroller Dawn Gobeo, which was attended by town council members Becky Kittredge and Diane Roth, as well as members of the budget finance task force.

The group reviewed budget figures, with questions arising about increases over last year's budget. There are open items regarding jumps in expenses, which must be rectified before a final budget is presented.

The preliminary budget is still subject to changes at future budget meetings before it will be presented at a public hearing Nov. 30. The town board will vote to adopt a budget on Dec. 14.

The current proposed budget’s the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation is $152.88, an increase over 2011’s $150.03 rate. There's a tax increase of $2.85 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

Weaver, who was ousted as town supervisor by Howard Arden in the general election earlier this month, said the budget normally passes unanimously but last year two new board members voted against it, so it passed by a 3-2 margin.

The 1.89 percent increase, the same as last year, is proposed, "because we need the expenditures and income to get the money to pay for what we need," Weaver said. "The increase will cost most homeowners about $66 a year."

Tuesday’s budget meeting will be held in the upstairs of the Hergenhan Recreation Center at 6 p.m.

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