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Yorktown Ready To Hammer Out 2013 Budget

The Yorktown Town Board will meet next week to discuss Supervisor Michael Grace's proposed 2013 town budget.
The Yorktown Town Board will meet next week to discuss Supervisor Michael Grace's proposed 2013 town budget. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Town Board members will meet next Tuesday to iron out details of a proposed 2013 budget of $32 million that was submitted last month by Supervisor Michael Grace.

Grace’s initially proposed budget showed a 7.72 percent increase in the town’s "ADL tax rate," which is composed of the general, or “A” fund, the highway, or “D” fund, and the library, or “L” fund.

Discussing a revised budget at Tuesday night’s Town Board work session, Grace said the ADL tax rate increase is now down to 4.75 percent. The budget proposes dipping into to the town’s $4 million fund balance to lower the rate.

Despite the decrease, Grace said the focus shouldn’t lie solely with the ADL budget. Yorktown has 28 different taxing districts or funds, and each district has its own budget and its own tax rate. A resident’s total town tax bill depends on how many districts he or she lives in.

The biggest drops in the other districts come from water and refuse. The water budget will decrease because of $750,000 in fund balance that is being used, and the refuse district dropped because of a new garbage pickup contract that was nearly $700,000 less than it was 2012.

“Ninety percent of residents are under water and sewer, and all are under refuse,” Grace said.

One issue the board expects to be a point of contention is the salaries of elected officials, which council member Nick Bianco is proposing to increase. Currently, Grace is paid $112,095 and each board member is paid $18,085.

“I don’t want any part of that,” said council member Vishnu Patel, who already has said he will vote no on a pay increase.

Tuesday’s meeting will take place at 5 p.m. in Yorktown Town Hall. It will not be a public hearing. The board must adopt a budget by Dec. 20.

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