The Clarkstown Town Board scheduled two public hearings for tonight's meeting. The public hearings address the adoption of the town’s 2012 budget and a proposed local law to amend zoning for Hamlet Center Senior Housing.
Supervisor Alex Gromack said the proposed $130 million for 2012 carries a less than one percent tax increase, actually 0.8 percent, for residents. He noted that it maintains all essential services residents rely on such as highway plowing, police, refuse collection, recreation programs and sewer.
“I think the ’12 budget is reflective of our efforts to run a fiscally sound town,” said Gromack.
The proposed budget would use $1.4 million from the town tax stabilization fund. It does not include any possible salary increases for employees.
Gromack said negotiations are just beginning with the CSEA whose contract expires on December 31. No compensation decisions have been made for elected or appointed town employees. He said if there are any increases the money would come from the tax stabilization fund and would not impact the property tax rate, which is under the state property tax cap of two percent.
Also tonight, the board will consider several resolutions, among them:
Authorizing the supervisor to enter into agreements with:
- H2M Group for engineering services concerning improvements to the Lake Nanuet Pool Complex drainage system.
- Accepting roads and improvements from the Sisters of Charity subdivision.
- Authorizing Orange & Rockland Utilities to install lighting on Gladys Drive, New City.
- Authorizing installation of traffic advisory and regulatory signage on Havermill Road, Rockwood Terrace, Glenwood Road and Thornwood Drive, New City.
- Extending use of the Flexible Spending Account to all employees.
The board may also vote on setting a public hearing for Tuesday, Nov. 22 or Tuesday, Dec 13 regarding installation of a “No Right Turn” sign from Snake Hill Road.