SCHENECTADY COUNTY Town supervisors in Schenectady County have submitted their first tentative budgets under the new property tax cap, but the pain isn’t felt equally across town lines.
Rotterdam’s Tentative 2012 Budget proposed by Supervisor Frank DelGallo isn’t easy to swallow with 13 proposed layoffs stretching town employees further. An additional three jobs would also be trimmed through attrition, bringing the total to 16 cut positions. Niskayuna and Glenville aren’t seeking layoffs, but Niskayuna is cutting four full-time positions through attrition and Glenville is similarly cutting three full-time and two part-time positions through attrition.
All three budgets do come in below the state’s 2 percent property tax cap, after allowable cap adjustments for growth factors and state pension rates, but the tax levy increases for each town are above 2 percent. To get around the tax cap, a town board needs to propose a local law to override the constraint, hold a public hearing and then vote at least 3-2 in approval of the override.
Both Glenville and Niskayuna are holding public hearings to override the cap, but Rotterdam has yet to bring the option forward. Requirements for public notice and procedures for adopting a local law pushed the two towns to make sure the option is not lost.
Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle and Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry have both stated the public hearing to undo the tax cap is only to keep the choice available.
“I’m going to recommend to the Town Board, just to preserve their rights and allow them that option, … they should also pass a resolution at the Oct. 13 meeting calling for a hearing on a budget override,” said Landry. “It doesn’t say you have to do a budget override … you can head in the direction of the 2 percent tax cap.”
Rotterdam’s bleak budget