The Village of Pleasantville has approved a $13.2 million 2011-12 budget that will see taxes increase by 2.96 percent.
The budget was approved by a 4-1 margin at last Monday’s board meeting, with Trustee Steve Lopez dissenting. The village eliminated a $35,000 tax stabilization fund to reduce the tax burden. Before the meeting was set to begin, Lopez said he wanted to lower the tax increase even further, and thought the village could potentially obtain a zero tax increase.
“I feel like this is something that you should’ve said six weeks ago,” Mayor Peter Scherer said.
Lopez said he believes the village could get mandate relief from Albany, along with revenue from the sale of a building on Washington Avenue. He also said he didn’t think the village had oversight on overtime expenditures.
“I’d rather have a low target and find a way to meet that target,” Lopez said.
Scherer disputed Lopez’s claims that departments do not make efforts to meet their budgets.
“That is flat out wrong,” Scherer said. “We don’t have a history of departments overspending their budgets.”
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