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Scarsdale Seeks Public Input on Local Override Law

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Village of Scarsdale Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on a local law permitting the board to exceed the 2 percent tax levy cap at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at village hall.

"We want to hear from the public on this," Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser said Thursday night.

According to the state law enacted in 2011, "A local government may exceed the tax levy cap only if the governing body enacts, by a two-thirds vote, a local law, or, for district or fire districts, a resolution, overriding the tax levy cap."

Tuesday's hearing will concern the local law permitting the override, Flisser said. A decision to exceed the cap has not yet been made. An informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at village hall to update the public on the current status of the village's capital budget. Last week, the board and Village Manager Alfred Gatta updated the public on the status of the operating budget.

Gatta, Flisser, members of the board of trustees and school board officials have all said several times that the law concerns the total tax levy, not the individual tax bills, and taxpayers should not expect their tax bill to be 2 percent or less higher in 2012-2013.

The law is explained in detail on the Empire Center for New York State Policy website.

The budget must be filed by March 20.

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