Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin said the village was working hard to eliminate any tax increase on next year’s tentative $13.5 million village budget, but that nothing would be final for another month.
The preliminary spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year was released yesterday and will be discussed in upcoming board meetings before being ratified in mid- to late April.
Last year, the village cut some staff positions and did other belt-tightening, including taking some money from the reserve fund to help cover government costs, and still had an 8 percent tax rate increase, although the tax levy increase was zero. This year, there is very little that can still be cut, but she asked staff to find what can be slashed, she said. The plan is to keep the tax levy increase to zero for the second year in a row.
“We asked the treasurer to get us to zero, so there are lots of trims and cuts in that budget,” Marvin said this morning. Most of the cuts come from putting some building and repair projects to village property and facilities on hold, she said.
The biggest problem the village is facing is a drop in revenues, Marvin said. Some 40 percent of the village’s income is from fees, and all of them are down this year over last: mortgage tax, parking fees, building permits and sales tax especially. The village also is paying additional costs to the state retirement system and thousands of dollars to the MTA.
The budget will be discussed at budget meetings set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Village Hall, Pondfield Road.