Having made one change to its proposed budget since a public hearing earlier this month, the North Haven Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a 2019-2020 spending plan of $1,838,083.
By a 4-0 vote, with member James Davis having left the meeting early, the board gave its approval for a budget that maxes out the amount the board can raise under the New York State cap on tax levy increases and without needing to pass special legislation to pierce the cap.
Even so, the tax rate is expected to drop slightly due to rising property tax assessments in the village. The rate is less than 1 cent per $1,000 of taxable assessed value; for example, for a house valued at about $1 million, village taxes would be about $486, down from about $494 this year. For a house with an assessed value of $850,000, taxes will decrease by $6.80.
The previous draft of the budget presented on April 2 was $1,805,650. Impacting the final budget figure, according to village treasurer Eileen Tuohy, was the updated fire protection contract North Haven signed with Sag Harbor Village. That contract increased by $32,433 over the initial amount, bringing the total up to $632,433. Ms. Tuohy said the village used surplus monies, from its “unappropriated fund balance,” to offset that increase.
Other components of the approved budget include $143,500 for animal control expenses for more equipment to fight ticks and tick-borne illnesses, $167,500 for employee benefits and salaries and $45,000 for parks and recreation. The village will spend less on road maintenance, a reduction of $7,000, but spending on public roadways in general will rise by $25,000, up to $90,000, through a cost-neutral budget line that is funded by federal dollars.