GovernmentThe Northern Westchester Examiner

Yorktown Adopts 2022 Budget with Goal of Curbing Spending

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By Rick Pezzullo

The Yorktown Town Board adopted the 2022 budget last week with no increase in the town’s general operations and a minimal tax hike.

“The Town Board recognizes the tremendous financial challenges facing our residents over the past two years, so we were determined to restrain our discretionary spending and ensure a continuation of last year’s historic property tax cut,” said Supervisor Matt Slater.

Under the proposed $63 million budget, the average home assessed at $10,000 would see an increase in special district taxes from $9 to $15, depending on where the home is located. Taxpayers in districts with existing sewer bonds will pay more due to the obligated debt.

“As a small business owner, I am familiar with the struggles that my neighbors and fellow entrepreneurs have faced since the pandemic began,” said Councilman Ed Lachterman. “I am very pleased to support a 2022 budget that keeps tax increases to an absolute minimum.”

Town taxes, which fund the general operating budget including the library and highway department, make up 12% of the total property tax bill. Other portions of the tax bill include refuse and recycling service, fire, EMS, and water.

“This 2022 budget that I voted for is not a budget that forces us to go without essentials,” said Councilman Tom Diana. “On the contrary, we will continue investing in our town in a responsible manner.”

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