Eastchester will hold a public hearing on the preliminary budget for 2013 at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Town Hall, 40 Mill Road. All residents will be able to speak or present written feedback on the proposed $34.1 million budget.
Taxes will go up most in the town outside the villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe thanks to a decline in revenue collected due to reduced assessments. That reduction accounts for 2.75 percent of the overall 5 percent increase. It translates to an additional $14 per $1,000 of assessed value. For an average home in the town with an assessment of $9,700, the additional tax next year would be $135.96.
In Bronxville, an average house with an assessment of $21,000 will pay an additional $1.89 a year in town taxes. In Tuckahoe, taxes will go up 67 cents on an average home assessed at $7,700. Village property owners pay the bulk of their municipal property taxes to the village governments.
The budget must be approved by Dec. 20.
The budget stays within the state’s 2 percent cap on tax levy increases, but could mean the loss of three to five full-time jobs in the town. Here is a link to an earlier story on the budget with comments by Supervisor Anthony Colavita.