The Mamaroneck Town Board on Wednesday approved its $31.2 million 2012 budget, which calls for a $752,000, or 2.5%, increase over 2011.
Under the budget, homeowners in the unincorporated Town of Mamaroneck will face a $266, or 4.7%, increase in property taxes. Homeowners in the Villages of Mamaroneck and Larchmont, who receive only a portion of Town services, will pay $5.60 more, according to Town Administrator Stephen Altieri.
The Town set its budget within the limits imposed by a new state-mandated tax cap, which for 2012 forbids local governments from increasing the total amount of property taxes raised by more than 2%.
Wednesday’s vote capped one of the Town’s more arduous budget-setting processes.
“This is the closest view and the most involved we’ve ever looked at the budget. The local government is run lean and man…we need to look at the services and realize how valuable they are versus how much we could be willing to save,” Town Councilwoman Nancy Seligson said.
“The local government only controls 20% [of the taxes], and of that 20% we control important services that are near and dear to everyone versus the tax savings it would be to cut them,” she said.
School and county taxes make up the rest of property tax bills.
— Photos and reporting by Jacqueline Silberbush