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Proposed Budget Raises North Castle Taxes 1.7 Percent

ARMONK, N.Y. - The North Castle Town Board told residents Wednesday that homeowners would see their taxes rise 1.7 percent under the proposed 2012 budget.

At its last meeting before the Dec. 14 budget vote, the board said the $24 million spending plan was $492,000 more than the 2011 budget. Town Supervisor William Weaver said the town is still finalizing the numbers and the total could change before the vote.

"We'll be making some pluses and minuses over the next two weeks," he said.

The increase in town expenditures, which includes the addition of two police officers, led to the tax increase. However, an increase in town revenue from mortgage taxes and sales taxes helped to keep the tax hike below the 2 percent tax cap, officials said. Weaver said the town reduced its workforce to lower the budget and make tax increases minimal.

Weaver said the town will spend $200,000 on capital projects next year and $50,000 on highway improvements. Increases in town expenditures also come from the New York State Pension Contribution and local spending mandated by the state that will cost North castle $360,000 next  year. Health Insurance and Worker's Compensation costs will add $182,000 to expenditures.

The tax rate will increase from $150.03 to $153.38 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Council member Michael Schiliro called the proposed budget "responsible." He also said high storm related expenses that involved hiring outside labor increased town expenses in 2011 while more revenue balanced things out.

After reviewing the proposed budget, the council unanimously approved a local law to override the tax levy established in General Municipal Law. The move enables the town to override the 2 percent cap on tax increases established by the state if there is a local need for additional revenue.

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