With minor variations, the 2013-2014 budgets for the Villages of Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and Briarcliff Manor all tell the same story. Expenses over which the Villages have no control, such as pension funds and health insurance costs are going up, while the pool of available taxable assessments is dwindling. Three out of the four Villages managed to be under the cap; three out of the four Villages will see tax rate increases over 4%.
No layoffs are planned and no services are being cut.
So, while the details differ from Village to Village, the overarching story is that 2013-2014 is a pause in the storm of budgetary mayhem that has plagued the Rivertowns and New York State in general, due in large part to Governor Cuomo’s 2% Tax Levy Cap.