St. Lawrence told the Journal reporter that the state tax cap is 0.12 percent. The Supervisor’s proposed $102 million budget for 2017 contains a 5% to 7% tax rate increase. That’s about 58 times the adjusted cap for the Town of Ramapo. The usually compliant Board (Ullman, Logan-Charles and Withers) had better each bring their own axe to the workshop discussions of this fiscal disaster.
From The Journal News coverage of yesterday’s special board meeting:
“Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence has proposed a cap-busting $102 million budget for 2017 that contains a 5 percent to 7 percent tax-rate hike, as well as funding to hire more than a dozen new police officers.
The tax-rate increase will depend on whether a home is in the unincorporated portion of the town or one of its villages, which receive various services from the town.
St. Lawrence presented his spending plan to the Town Board on Wednesday morning.
The budget would set aside $42 million for the Police Department and provide funding for 15 new positions.
The Town Board agreed in September to exceed the state tax cap, which is 0.12 percent, St. Lawrence said.
“There is a reality on the costs that are coming down to us, and Ramapo Central is a big driver of that,” St. Lawrence said.
Town Board budget workshops will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26.
A public hearing on the budget will be held at Town Hall at 8 p.m. Nov. 10.”
Read the complete Journal story here.