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School Budget Calls for Same Tax Rate as Last Year

April 26, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The tentative 2017-18 Mahopac school budget calls for the same tax levy and tax rate as last year with no cuts to programs or positions.

The $120,748,784 spending package is up just half a percent ($629,732) from last year’s budget of $120,119,052.

The tax levy—the total amount to be collected by taxes—is $84,000,268, essentially the same amount that ...

Lot Requirement on New ‘Chicken Law’ to Be Increased

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After hearing input from residents during a public hearing last week, the Carmel Town Board has decided to alter the originally proposed lot-size requirement for a new local law that would allow the housing of chickens on residential properties.

Originally the proposed law called for a minimum of a half-acre to house six chickens, but several audience members went to the ...

First Phase of Reval Grievance Process Concludes

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The first phase of the assessment appeal process has wrapped up and town officials say approximately 900 property owners met with Vision Government Solutions—the town’s revaluation vendor—for an informal meeting in an effort to get their assessments reduced.

The last four Town Board meetings have been packed with angry homeowners—primarily ones with ...

Assessor: Reval Numbers are Accurate and Will Go on Tax Roll

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Carmel town assessor Glenn Droese says the numbers from the recent revaluation project are accurate and he will place them on the tentative tax roll on May 1.

Droese made his position known at last week’s Town Board meeting (April 5) during another heated session in which angry residents expressed their dismay over the new assessments, many saying their tax bills ...

Somers ZBA Denies Mahopac Avenue Building Request for More Signage

SOMERS, N.Y.— A strip mall owner’s request to add more signs to his Mahopac Avenue building was unanimously denied last month by the Somers Zoning Board of Appeals.

Larry Levine, whose tenants are Jim Smith Karate, Hudson Valley Hockey, Club Evolution, and Sunny 4U Nails and Spa, argued that his building is not visible enough to passing motorists on Route 6.

“The way that ...

Subdivision Sparks Debate Over Future Development

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A piece of land approximately 13 acres in size along Route 6 and Baldwin Place Road has become the center of a controversy, although that particular parcel and its proposed use is not exactly what has critics concerned.

Carmel developer Paul Camarda has been before the Planning Board on numerous occasions over the past several years attempting to subdivide that 13-acre ...

Reval Debate Continues to Rage

[Editor's Note: This story has a correction from the newspaper version. Resident Mike Barile contended at last week's Town Board meeting that New York City's assessment is down approximately 27 percent, NOT 2 percent.]

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The contentious debate over the town’s recent revaluation project continued at last week’s Town Board meeting as hundreds of ...

Odell Declares 2017 the ‘Year of the Millennial’

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Putnam County must prevent a mass exodus of millennials in the coming years or suffer significant social and economic consequences, County Executive MaryEllen Odell said in her annual State of the County address last week.

Odell declared 2017 the “year of the millennial” in her speech given at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, Thursday night, March ...

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