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Town Board approved 2021 budget with slight tax cut. Summary of services offered to residents of unincorporated and residents of the villages listed below. An important stormwater message
The Greenburgh Town Board unanimously approved the 2021 budget on December 15th. The budget includes no tax hike (actually a small tax decrease). There are two budgets: one of the budgets is for both the unincorporated section of the town and the villages. And a 2nd budget is for only unincorporated Greenburgh residents. The total amount of the budget that impacts the villages is $32,880,631. The total amount of the budget impacting only unincorporated Greenburgh is $87,123,514. The town portion of your tax bill does not include school, county or fire district taxes which we have no control over. For most residents the town portion of your taxes is about 17% of your entire tax bill (there are some fluctuations depending on where you live).
A TYPICAL RESIDENT OF A VILLAGE AND UNINCORPORATED GREENBURGH WILL PAY THIS MUCH COMPARED TO LAST YEAR..
For a resident who resides in the villages with an assessment of $500,000 the town portion of the tax bill will be $226.31 compared to 229.55 last year. For residents of unincorporated Greenburgh the tax bill will be $3,060.92 compared to 3,096.77 last year.
Prior to approving the budget the Town Board held two public hearings on the Supervisors proposed budget. They met with department heads and made some adjustments to the budget. The budget in its entirety can be found on the town website: greenburghny.com.
Residents of UNINCORPORATED GREENBURGH receive numerous services from the town: parks & recreation, police, sanitation, highway (snow removal), road repaving, building permits, planning, zoning. That 's why the town portion of the taxes are higher for residents of unincorporated than the villages. Village residents have their own village governments and have to pay for most municipal services thru their village taxes.
WHAT DOES THE TOWN DO FOR THE VILLAGES?
If you live in a village within the town less than 3% of your total tax bill goes to the town. The reason: village residents elect their own village government that provides most municipal services. We do provide some important services to village residents that I hope residents appreciate.
The town provides ALS and paramedic services to the villages which has a proven record of repeatedly saving the lives of village residents. We’re available 24 hours a day. We have a town wide senior program that serves or delivers over 30,000 meals to village seniors each year. We have a nutrition site in Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and unincorporated Greenburgh. Our home delivery program provides delivery services to seniors who cannot come to one of these sites.
We initiated a food scrap recycling effort open to village residents. And, recently received a grant of $250,000 from the state to start curbside pickup of recycling – which I anticipate will start in about a year. We had hoped to start it earlier but due to COVID-19 delayed the start date. To have an effective curbside pickup of food scrap will require additional personnel. With so many people unemployed and facing difficult financial times, I thought that keeping the taxes flat would be more important this year. But, food scrap recycling is very important and the expansion of the program should start when the economy gets better.
We have a recreation program for the developmentally disabled. And, the town’s animal control department responds to calls for service within the villages.
We have a civil defense unit that provides civil defense services during natural disasters and other major events such as post 9/11 and during blackouts.
We have a highly trained and specially equipped special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the villages. The SWAT team helped Ardsley avoid a tragedy during a shooting at one of their motels in 2019. The Town Court is also a town function as is the Town Clerk's office which provides dog licenses, wedding licenses, disabled parking passes, hunting and fishing licenses and maintains vital records.
We stripe roads, including the center and side lines and crosswalks in all six villages. And, we act as a collection agent for the schools and county. We guarantee 100% of the taxes to both entities. We send out the tax bills, collect taxes and if you don't pay the taxes owed to the school district and county we have to send them the checks. But can eventually foreclose on the property.
The town sewer department responds to calls for services from the villages for sewer emergencies. The Assessor’s office assesses taxes. There used to be seven assessors. Now, there is one for the villages and town. The Town Clerk’s office issues marriage licenses, dog licenses. Because the Theodore Young Community Center was paid for with federal dollars residents of the villages can use the indoor pool and take advantage of programs at the Theodore Young Community Ceneter at rates slightly higher than fees paid by unincorporated Greenburgh residents. We also have an internship program for students during the year and during the summer. Student interns successfully lobbied NYS Department of Transportation to repave Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley which was completed in the summer of 2020. Next year students from unincorporated Greenburgh and the villages will participate in the Zuckerberg Initiative. Students will have access to some of the leading business leaders in Silicon Valley and will help struggling local businesses survive.
The town has worked with the villages of Ardsley and Hastings-turning foreclosed properties into affordable housing.
On top of the above I have overseen a snow angels program- volunteers clear snow of seniors and the disabled. We have a job club- helping the unemployed find work. And, I’m available to help cut through government red tape. My cell phone is 478 1219 or 438 1343. The town of Greenburgh has a Aaa bond rating, the highest bond rating possible which saves taxpayers six figures a year.
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