Business & Finance

Somers Town Board Approves $13.9M Budget

87dc06c158af3d6bb374_40533.JPG
Credits: File
87dc06c158af3d6bb374_40533.JPG

SOMERS, N.Y.-Somers will spend almost $14 million next year to maintain town services with a pennies-per-thousand tax rate increase.

A budget of $13,930,240 will hike the tax rate from $14.57 for each $1,000 of assessed value to $14.61. Tax-cap compliant, the budget increases Somers’ total property tax levy to $7,288,403.

The Town Board adopted the budget with minimal discussion at its regular meeting Thursday, a week after the spending plan’s Dec. 7 public hearing. At the hearing, the lone speaker, Patricia (Pat) Humphreys, assailed the essentially flat financing for the Somers Public Library.

Sign Up for E-News

As presented, the budget shows a year-over-year spending increase of less than $8,500—$1,033,289 adopted a year ago vs. $1,041,765 in next year’s budget. Moreover, the budget freezes the salaries of every library staffer, from director to clerks.

Supervisor Rick Morrissey said the town is still negotiating salaries and other issues with the Civil Service Employees Association. As a result, no pay hikes could be included in the budget.

“Once we settle with our CSEA unions,” he said, “both union and non-union people will get that pay increase.”                                  

In the negotiations, the town has offered increases of about 1.75 percent. CSEA, citing longstanding policy, would not disclose its negotiating number. The final raise, in any case, will be paid for in 2018 out of cash reserves.

The library’s modest budget increase reflects overall constraints on total spending imposed by state restrictions. A 2011 state law limits increases in the property tax levy to the percentage rise in the Consumer Price Index, up to a maximum of 2 percent, and some allowance for tax base growth. In Somers’ case, CPI was capped at 1.84 percent, the fifth year in a row the levy has been capped at less than 2 percent. But growth factors allowed an increase of 2.3 percent over this year’s levy. In Somers, total appropriations increase by 2.2 percent over this year’s appropriations.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Somers

Why Do Kids Hate Math?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I am in second grade and have a problem about math. My teacher just keeps giving me homework and it’s driving me crazy. Because she keeps giving it to me on weekends and spring and summer breaks. And it’s only one level and it’s too hard. But the other people who have special needs get to be moved into a higher or lower group and they learn even more because ...

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

Yorktown Sports Complex, Yorktown Heights

Yorkville Sports Association (YSA) Draft Day

Giving Back Sports

Sun, April 22, 10:00 AM

Yorktown Sports Complex, Yorktown Heights

Yorkville Sports Association Preseason 50+ - 60+ ...

Giving Back Sports

Sun, April 22, 12:00 PM

Somers Community Center, Yorktown Heights

Spring Penny Social & Sunday Brunch, Hosted by ...

Giving Back